Quality of life is the much sought after feeling of well being and enjoyment that is both mental and physical. Research has shown that physical activity can increase the satisfaction and happy feelings that come along with a good quality of life.
A study was conducted upon postmenopausal women who had serious illnesses to learn whether their quality of life could be improved by exercise. Researchers found that exercise could improve quality of life.
Exercise is known to be beneficial for the physical body. Exercise gets the heart pumping, circulation moving, firms muscle tone and aids in weight control. New research indicates that exercise also improves the overall physical and mental condition, called quality of life.
The study, by Pennington Biomedical Research Centre and the Louisiana State University ,was reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, JAMA/Archives Journal, dated February 9, 2009.
Exercise seems to improve the overall quality of life for women by reducing the risk for many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, stroke and several cancers; according to background information published in the article.
Exercise does not have to be over ambitious or strenuous to be beneficial. A daily walk, stretching and swimming are all great exercises that can give a feeling of well being and improve the overall quality of life.
Many women take up exercise to lose weight and trim down, but the benefits of physical activity go far beyond weight loss itself. A regular program of physical activity can improve the mood while it reduces stress and increases energy levels.
430 postmenopausal women who were sedentary were in the study and were randomly assigned to one of three exercise groups or to a non-exercise control group. The three groups that exercised had different levels of activity.
Researchers found that the quality of life improved for all the women who exercised. The women felt better, had more vitality and functioned better socially in comparison with the control group that did not exercise.
Study results indicate that in addition to the health benefits of exercise, quality of life can be added to the list of exercise benefits.
Researchers concluded that the amount of exercise in the study was easy to attain and was well tolerated by women who were sedentary.
Exercise can be great for general health, improve mood, help the social life and improve the overall quality of life.
Study led by Corby K. Martin, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Centre and Louisiana State University System of Baton Rouge, LA. Published in JAMA and Archives Journals, Press Release on EurekAlert, February 9, 2009.
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