Staying physically active is good for the body and the mind. When we exercise, endorphins are released in our bodies which make us feel happy and energized. A regular exerise routine can improve our endurance, reduce our body weight and reduce our blood pressure. All of these side effects reduce the chance the of heart disease drastically. As we discussed in our blog, What Really Causes Heart Disease, inflammation of the blood vessels is the leading cause of heart disease. Exercise improves the function of the vascular wall as blood vessels dilate in response to physical activity. Learn more about how vital exercise is for your heart.