What are the Benefits of Vigorous Exercise?

K. Gierok

Vigorous exercise is not only enjoyable, but has actually been found to have a number of health benefits. The first of these is weight loss. Studies suggest that participating in a structured exercise routine for at least thirty minutes five days a week is a great way to lose weight. Vigorous exercise has also been found to be effective in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and can also work as a mood booster. This is especially important for those suffering from depression and other mental conditions.

Vigorous exercise has numerous health benefits.
Vigorous exercise has numerous health benefits.

One of the most important benefits of vigorous exercise is weight loss. Though sticking to a low-fat, low-calorie diet has also been found to be important, studies have found that engaging in vigorous activity is one of the best ways to lose weight. Some studies suggest that those who want to lose weight must participate in at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week. Good examples of cardiovascular exercise include walking, cycling, and swimming. Though 30 minutes may be enough time for some individuals to lose weight, others may need to increase the amount of time spent exercising.

Exercise releases hormones that increase happiness.
Exercise releases hormones that increase happiness.

Vigorous exercise has also been found to be effective in the treatment of a number of chronic conditions, the most common of these being heart disease. Exercise can not only help in the reduction of body weight — a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease — but can also aid in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and other serious conditions. In addition, some research suggests that vigorous exercise may be effective in the treatment of certain types of cancer. Those who have been diagnosed with these conditions and are interested in starting an exercise program should first consult with their physician in order to make sure they are healthy enough for exercise.

People who suffer from depression or other mental disorders may also see some improvement in their condition when participating in a vigorous exercise routine. Exercise has been found to be an effective mood booster, releasing certain hormones that have been linked to increased levels of happiness. In some cases, exercising on a regular basis has proven to be just as effective as taking antidepressants and other prescription medications. As with those suffering from chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, those with depression or other mental disorders may want to consult with a physician before starting exercise.

Exercising encourages the body to produce certain hormones that reduce stress and boost mood.
Exercising encourages the body to produce certain hormones that reduce stress and boost mood.

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The main reason I enjoy vigorous exercise is because I know I am burning calories and fat while doing it. I get a feeling of being in control.

I am currently trying to lose ten pounds. Though I do feel good when I'm able to eat a bran muffin instead of a donut, I feel even better when I'm able to get rid of calories by swimming laps around the pool.

I think this is because I feel like I'm actually doing something about the situation that is making me unhappy. It's a great feeling to know that you are working vigorously toward your goal.

It really opens up my lungs, and I feel like I can breathe better. I also feel very clear-headed, and I am ready to meet the weight-loss challenge.


I don't know exactly how many calories you burn while running, but I bet it's a lot. I like to run until I can't catch my breath and my body gives out from fatigue.

It relieves stress in a major way. If I've had a stressful day, a good run will pump the problems out of my mind as my heart powerfully pumps blood through my body.

There's nothing more therapeutic than vigorous exercise. I hope I stay physically fit long enough to enjoy it for many more decades. I believe it has kept me from developing high blood pressure.


@giddion – I don't enjoy vigorous exercise at all! I hate the feeling of being out of breath, and that is the main reason I have slacked off of my physical fitness routine.

I prefer light exercise, like walking for twenty minutes a day. My heart beats a little faster, but I'm not gasping for air and feeling on the verge of a heart attack.

Vigorous exercise terrifies me, because it makes me feel like I'm close to death's door. I know some people enjoy it, but I don't like it when my heart is beating super hard and my chest aches because I'm not getting enough oxygen.


It's been a long time since I've done any vigorous physical activity. I do remember how invigorating it felt to get my heart racing to the point of exhaustion, though. Something about being totally out of breath is very satisfying.

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