It’s almost impossible to pick up a newspaper or magazine without seeing an article on the benefits of exercise. The healthcare industry as a whole is looking for ways to increase the health of our nation while decreasing the high cost of health care.
Recent studies have looked at how exercise programs can prevent or delay many common health care problems that increase with aging, and the overall agreement is that some type of exercise program is essential for maintaining a high quality of life. Studies have also shown that inactivity causes a loss of independence and health due to a lack of endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.
Exercising on a regular basis maintains the ability to walk, and improves and maintains balance and posture which reduces the risk of falls. It also improves bone density, helping to prevent osteoporosis, and the repetitive motion of exercise promotes joint health by increasing joint lubrication. Recently, exercise has been shown to maintain and even improve brain function and may help to prevent or delay the onset of dementia. The benefit of over-all health reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.