7 total body benefits of exercise

Whether you are a marathon runner or casual walker, the benefits of exercise can help you living longer, happier and in better health.

Aerobic exercise is good for every body — regardless of your age, weight or athletic ability. Whether you are a marathon runner or casual walker, the benefits of exercise can help you living longer, happier and in better health. Here’s how:

Weight watcher
Win the battle of the bulge. Aerobic exercise helps fend off excess weight. Turn up the intensity for a bigger calorie burn. And, don’t forget to incorporate activity throughout your day like taking the stairs, going for a walk at lunch or walking to a co-worker’s desk instead of sending an email. The extra activity throughout your day can add up to gains in your overall health.

Mood lifter
Beat the winter blahs by improving your mood through regular exercise. Aerobic activity has been shown to stimulate brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed throughout the day. Weight loss associated with exercise may also help to boost your confidence and leave you feeling better about your appearance.

Energy booster
Get pumped! Exercise gets your blood pumping oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and other organs, which helps turn your energy level up. It also gives your cardiovascular system a boost, helping it to work more efficiently.

Bug beater
Keep viruses at bay. Aerobic activity can help build up your immune system, making you less susceptible to viruses like the flu.

Cholesterol buster
Fight off heart disease with regular exercise. Aerobic activity is shown to boost high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol, while decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides — the cardiovascular bad guys. This magic mix helps support heart health.

Disease fighter
Take a stand against disease. Aerobic activity can help prevent or manage many serious health conditions, such as stroke, diabetes, cancer and more.

Sleep enhancer
Get some zzz’s. You can sleep easier and longer when exercise is part of your daily routine. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and have a deeper night’s sleep.


Need extra motivation to get moving? Register for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon or miniMarathon and start putting in the miles for your health. You can register for the Norton Sports Health Training Program and download a training guide to help you prepare for race day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. 


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