Top ten medical reasons for exercising

Physicans at The Methodist Hospital in Houston (traditionally the fattest big city in America) propose ten solid reasons for exercising regularly:
1. Exercise helps keep your arteries flexible and malleable, which prevents heart disease and heart attacks.
2. If you have metabolic syndrome, losing as little as 6.5 percent of your body weight results in substantial reductions in blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol, all factors that lead to heart disease.
3. Exercise prevents the growth of fat that surrounds the midsection, which is angry, dynamic fat that actively contributes to diabetes and resulting vision loss and limb amputations.
4. Fat around the midsection is also associated with inflammation that leads to damaged blood vessels, heart disease, liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Exercise helps prevent this.
5. Exercise lifts your mood by increasing serotonin levels in your brain.
6. Exercise can be a social activity, which is associated with higher incidence of general happiness.
7. Strength training improves bone strength and prevents osteoporosis.
8. Strength training and flexibility helps prevent injuries caused by everyday activities like lifting things and hopping over puddles.
9. Participating in team sports like flag football, softball, basketball or sand volleyball enhances hand-eye coordination and improves your reflexes.
10. Exercise tones your muscles and makes you leaner.

As soon as I saw the phrase “angry, dynamic fat,” there was no question I’d be blogging about this.
For me, reasons 5, 6, and 10 are the only ones that consciously matter. My main reason for exercising these days is so that I don’t wind up having to run through a crowded shopping mall frantically swinging a broadsword this way in that, although this would be quite a workout in itself. In the past, I was concerned almost entirely with trying to improve my ability to cover distances from 5,000 meters to 42,195 meters (and once, 50,000 meters) at a fast clip. And no matter how much I exercise, I maintain a layer of angry, dynamic fat around my forebrain, possibly because this reserve is always the last to go. Hey, no one said evolution was a guided or perfect process.

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