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People 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 future.
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.