Regular exercise can reduce health problems

May 15, 2013

If losing weight and toning your body aren't good enough reasons to get you onto your home treadmill, consider this: Regular exercise can combat a whole host of health issues, both physical and mental.

"When it comes to preventing health problems, exercise is one of the best medicines we have, " Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, told Health.com.

But what can it actually do?

To begin with, exercising boosts your immune system, which can help you take on any number of health issues from the common cold to more serious illnesses. In fact, according to The New York Times, studies show that exercise decreases the risk of breast cancer by up to 30 percent and colon cancer by up to 50 percent.

In addition, getting into a regular fitness routine can help reduce the effects of mental or emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Just 30 minutes of exercise can make you more resilient against stressors in your daily life, and half an hour of exercise three times a week can be as effective as medication in relieving symptoms of depression, The New York Times reported.

"People who work out consistently report less overall stress, anxiety and depression," Michael Otto, Ph.D., co-author of "Exercise for Mood And Anxiety," told Health.com.

For those who still have difficulty getting into a regular workout routine, having home gym equipment with pre-programmed exercise plans can make a world of difference.

The TRUE Fitness M30 treadmill comes equipped with seven presets and two custom workouts, which means that even if you choose to hop on the treadmill when you're groggy in the morning, you can be assured that you're getting the most out of your routine and boosting your health benefits in the process.