who exercise are stronger and have greater endurance than people who do
not. Exercise has other health benefits, too. Research has shown that
exercise protects against coronary heart disease. Part of this protection
comes from improvement in the heart’s pumping action; a person who is
physically fit pumps more blood with each heart beat and is able to
sustain demanding physical exertion at a lower heart rate than someone who
is out of shape.
Regular, moderate exercise improves your capacity for endurance, meaning
you will be able to walk (or swim or bike) farther as you continue to work
out. Exercise lowers blood pressure – a clear benefit since high blood
pressure is associated with both heart disease and stroke. Exercise also
burns up fat, controls weight, lowers your harmful cholesterol level, and
raises your good cholesterol level. Research has also shown that people
who are physically active are less susceptible to the type of diabetes
that develops in adulthood (type II diabetes)
Anyone who has been confined to bed for more than a few days knows that
his or her muscles and bones became weak. This occurs because the minerals
in the bones are excreted by the kidneys in large quantities during long
periods of immobility. Exercise, however, builds up the strength of bones
by stimulating bone-building cells to create new bone. Research has shown
that exercises at all ages improves bone strength. This is especially
important for women after they reach menopause, when a lack of the hormone
estrogen may lead to osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of bone).
Exercise will help build up bones to help protect against fractures in the
Finally, exercise makes people feel good. People who exercise regularly
feel healthy and are less likely to become depressed.
For more information in choosing a good workable exercise program
contact your doctor or call or write us at The Pharmacy (713)266-5425,
6630 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77074; or e-mail TPharmacy@aol.com.