This article titled “The Benefits of Exercise in Promoting Long and Healthy Lives-My Observations” By Dr. Kenneth Cooper
40 years ago Dr. Cooper started studying the physiological effects of aerobic conditioning. Aerobic conditioning simply means the ability to take in, deliver and use oxygen. During this study he discovered the following benefits of aerobic conditioning: * The lung capacity and ventilation improves
* Better oxygenation of the blood from the lungs and increase elimination of CO2 * Heart function improved by doing more work with less exertion * Better oxygen transport from the lungs into blood and muscles * Metabolism increased which meant consuming more calories without weight gain * Muscle mass increased, fat loss, and prevention of osteoporosis * Less likely to develop Diabetes
* If calorie intake is decreased, better chance of weight loss * The good cholesterol (HDL) increases
Aerobic conditioning also promotes the development of new blood vessels when obstructive vessels are present, this is called Collateral circulation. Therefore, preventing angina. In Dr. Cooper’s book, Start Strong, Finish Strong, he notes how exercise helps with the digestive system by decreasing ulcers or reflux. The book also relates how anxiety and depression are improved by regular cardio exercising along with improving one’s quality of life. When both physiological and psychological changes happen, this is called, “aerobic training effect.” The latest books of Dr. Cooper address the need for not only cardiovascular conditioning, but musculoskeletal and flexibility exercising. This is a way to become overall fit. Studies have shown by participating in an exercise program, it deceases the risk of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and recurring breast cancer. An exercise program of only 30 to 45 minutes per day consisting of walking or moderate-intensity exercise can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular...
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