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The Benefits of Physical Exercise
A review of the literature on the beneficial effects and few risks of physical exercise.
# 153039 | 2,682 words | 9 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Exercise) , Aging (General)

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The paper looks at the studies on exercise for older adults and finds that keeping fit can allow those 65 or older to maintain a longer and higher quality of independent living. The paper examines the reports on physical activity for women who have recovered from breast cancer and addresses the improvement in overweight and psychological issues in addition to the increased physical health benefits. Next, the paper addresses resistance training for cardiovascular disease sufferers and discusses its benefits while emphasizing the need for supervision, and then reveals that while moderate to high-intensity exercise is good for the immune system, too much even of this good thing is likely to have its drawbacks, and can potentially even be fatal. The paper also looks at studies on the benefits of regular exercise on the function of the brain and on preventing the onset of dementia in older people. The paper clearly shows how young and old, sick and well, those in remission and those just starting on the journey of life, can all benefit from increasing their level of exercise.

From the Paper:

"Physical exercise is commonly accepted as beneficial for the body in mind. Much research has focused on the effects of physical activity on the body and mental issues such as stress. Indeed, exercise is not only good for losing weight, but also for working off any type of stress, whether related to work or personal issues. In addition, new research is constantly discovering new beneficial benefits related to physical exercise. These effects are especially important for those suffering from certain types of illness. One study even investigates the benefits of exercise on breast cancer patients. Other studies indicate that exercise can have significantly positive effects for the elderly, and even for those suffering from heart conditions. Surely, such overwhelming evidence can and should be used as a motivating factor for those who wish to start an exercising program.
"One sector of society who are particularly prone to inactivity are older people. However, Nelson et al. (2007) hold that those who are inactive suffer as a result. All people, including the older generation - even those suffering from chronic conditions - have overwhelmingly proved to benefit from exercise. This has been proven by research to such an extent that formal recommendations have been made for the amount of activity this generation should engage in."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gleeson, M. (2007). Immune function in sport and exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology 103: 693-699. Retrieved from
  • Haskell, W.L., Lee, I-M, Pate, R.R., Powell, K.E., Blair, S.N., Franklin, B.A., Macera, C.A., Heath, G.W., Thompson, P.D. and Bauman, A. (2007). Physical Activity and Public Health: Updated Recommendation for Adults from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. Circulation. Retrieved from
  • Kramer, A.F., Erickson, K.I. and Colcombe, S.J. (2006). Exercise, cognition, and the aging brain. Journal of Applied Physiology, 101: 1237-1242. Retrieved from
  • Larson, E.B., Wang, L., Bown, J.D., McCormick, W.C., Teri, L., Crane, P. and Kukull, W. (2006). Exercise Is Associated with Reduced Risk for Incident Dementia among Persons 65 Years of Age and Older Annals of Internal Medicine. Retrieved from
  • Mutrie, N., Campbell, A.M., Whyte, F., McConnachie, A., Emslie, C., Lee, L., Kearney, N., Walker, A. and Ritchie, D. (2007). Benefits of supervised group exercise programme for women being treated for early stage breast cancer: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMJ. Retrieved from

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