There are many more benefits to exercise than just the attractive muscle tone and lowered body fat one can experience. In this video, Doctor Vonda Wright, MD. shares and explains some little known benefits of exercise. In addition to the common benefits, such as weight loss, muscle tone, increase in energy, and improved overall health and well being, Doctor Wright shares some more internal and specific ones.
"The benefits of exercise kick in within a few minutes of your first steps," she explains. "Exercise turns on specific genes to benefit your health."
Here are some of her "gene flipping benefits" of exercise:
- Exercise revs up more than 100 genes that protect against cancer. Three hours of exercise per week boosts 109 cancer protecting genes, and it also squelches 75 cancer promoting genes in guys with low grade prostate cancer.
- Exercise activates the genes that boost levels of a hormone known as Irisin. Irisin turns bumpy bulging white fat into brown fat, which is easier to use and helps protect against Diabetes and obesity.
- Exercise turns on genes that help heart muscle cells divide, which keeps your heart working better and protects against heart failure.
- A regular exercise routine turns off genes that encourage extra fat to move to your liver. It also turns on genes that produce proteins that tell this fat invader to leave. A fatty liver increases your risk of heart disease and Diabetes. This is important because one in three adults has a fatty liver.
These are just some of the hundreds of benefits of exercise that make it all worth your while. While it is always good to exercise to look healthy, it is equally important to gain the additional health advantages and improvements that come along with it that prevent disease and keep your body functioning at an optimum level!