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What Are Long-Term Exercise Effects?

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Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.
What Are Long-Term Exercise Effects?
Exercise has several long-term effects including disease prevention. Photo Credit Wendy Hope/Stockbyte/Getty Images

If you are thinking about implementing more exercise into your daily routine, there are several benefits. Exercise improves your overall cardiovascular system which helps maintain proper health and assists other vital organs to function at their best. Enjoying exercise and the variety of ways to stay heart healthy leads to some of the long-term benefits you will experience over time.

Weight Loss

You can improving your lung function and capacity with regular exercise. As you work to improve your endurance and fitness levels, you are also burning fat and calories. You can achieve and maintain weight loss if you exercise regularly, long-term. Adults should exercise at a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. By breaking up your exercise routine to at least 20 to 30 minutes daily, you can easily reach your goals. Examples of exercise you can incorporate into your lifestyle include swimming, jogging, cycling, walking, tennis, basketball and household chores.

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Exercising on a regular basis can increase your mobility.Even if you are younger, or feel you are in good shape, there is always room for improvement. Instead of being able to walk just one mile, keep walking a little more each day to improve your endurance. Being active now can improve joint health and help keep you mobile as you become an older adult. Being physically active builds bone and muscles and makes your lungs and heart stronger -- reducing your risk of becoming dependent on medical equipment such as a walker, cane or wheelchair.

Disease Prevention

A long-term effect of regular and consistent exercise is preventing certain types of disease. Being physically active reduces your risk of cardiovascular related problems such as heart disease, heart attack and high blood pressure. You also reduce your risk of stroke when you exercise regularly. Type 2 diabetes may be preventable when you exercise frequently and exercise can help you better control glucose levels if you are already diabetic.


In addition to have a smaller frame from visible weight loss, regular exercise may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Improved oxygen levels and an increase in blood flow to your skin can help give you a more youthful appearance. Because exercise helps reduce stress and depression, skin tone and texture may improve because you have energy and you are taking good care of your body both mentally and physically.

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