Parents Magazine indicates that there are ten Health Benefits your child could receive from following a regimen of physical fitness at an early age. If Exercise is continued into the senior years, this will be a bonus for older adults. You don't have to spend hours at the gym, or engage in strenuous workouts, in order to remain physically fit. Simple activities, that we do each day, can go a long way in keeping our bodies and minds strong. This will ensure that we can have maximum performance in all our endeavors. Walking up and down stairs or to the store, throwing a softball, and/or carrying packages can all do wonders for children as well as for the aging.

Exercise benefits heart health

The number one benefit of exercise is that it strengthens the heart. Just like other muscles in our body the heart is strengthened and challenged by exercise. Exercise helps the heart do its job more efficiently, which can help prevent illness and disease. A strong heart will, in turn, yield a healthier body which adds years to your life and life to your years.

The second benefit of exercise is that It plays a role in keeping veins and arteries clear. Exercise decreases levels of harmful fats and cholesterol in the bloodstream.

When you stay physically fit from childhood into the senior years it also reduces the risk of stroke or heart attack. This happens because when you keep it moving, you will lower blood pressure by increasing the flexibility of the walls of blood vessels. The third, fourth, and fifth ways exercise benefits the heart are that it lowers blood sugar levels, strengthens the lungs, and helps maintain body weight.

More ways exercise benefits seniors and children

The sixth way exercise is beneficial to adults and children is that it can reduce cancer. Studies indicate that people who are physically active have been proven to have lower incidences of cancer, specifically breast, prostate, colon and uterine cancers.

Number seven on the list is that exercise strengthens the bones by increasing bone density, which helps prevent osteoporosis.

The eighth health benefit that is related to physical activity is that it regulates blood pressure which decreases stress levels. Number nine is that exercise has been shown to improve emotional wellbeing. Many people report feeling calm and relaxed after a workout. Studies suggest that by exercising we release the feel-good endorphins which help us to be in a good mood. Number ten is that exercise will give children and adults an increase in energy levels, which in turn will make you more likely to keep moving.