There are many beneficial effects of physical activity and regular physical exercise. There is also an increasing amount of evidence that links a reduction in mortality and morbidity to regular physical exercise. There is some evidence to also indicate that enhanced physical activity during the childhood years can lead to the development of health benefits. The risk of chronic disease is also reduced somewhat through the use of physical exercise. Conditions that can be addressed with physical exercise include hypertension, obesity, and osteoporosis.
One of the prime positive effects that exercise can generate is a reduction in ones body fat. There is overwhelming evidence to suggest that overweight children and adolescents are normally less active than their thinner peers. However, evidence does not necessarily indicate that lack of activity is the total cause of juvenile obesity. For the most part, it seems clear that the ideal method of maintaining a healthy weight is to combine a low calorie diet with a proper exercise regime.
Health benefits of physical exercise
It has been indicated by some studies that those who are less active will exhibit a slightly higher level of resting blood pressure. What is also interesting is that when previously inactive children with normal blood pressure were exposed to regular exercise, they exhibited a negligible drop in the level of blood pressure. Those who initially exhibited hypertension did show a drop in blood pressure after being exposed to exercise. The reduction was modest, but even this modest reduction could have benefits. For the most part, training regimes based around aerobic exercise held the most benefit for this category of people. However, weight training regimes for those with high blood pressure has also been shown to be beneficial. These beneficial effects were normally negated after cessation of the regimen.
Exercise might also hold benefits when it comes to developing a favorable blood lipid level. Those who are physically active tend to display more favorable levels of blood lipids than those who are sedentary. When exposed to exercise regimes, those displaying less favorable blood lipid levels have not necessarily benefited from the exercise programs. However, those who are at a risk of coronary problems do generally attain benefits from undertaking an exercise regime. This includes those who are diabetic or obese. Skeletal health has also been linked to regular physical exercise. There is, however, a question as to how effective physical exercise truly is in relation to skeletal health.