- Weight control – it regulates your metabolism & burns off calories (hello Krispy crème donuts that are too good to refuse!)
- Improves mental health – feeling good & looking good go hand in hand and are great motivators to keep you coming back for more. Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain, which helps with memory & general brain health. In older adults it can help with mental function & reduce changes in the brain that can cause Alzheimer’s & Schizophrenia.
- Builds aerobic power – Your aerobic capacity is your body’s ability to work at maximum capacity by getting oxygen from the air to your body’s tissues. People lose about 10% of their aerobic power per decade, but this can be halved with regular exercise.
- Reduces blood pressure – Say goodbye to hypertension. The stronger your heart muscle gets, the greater it’s ability to pump blood through the arteries, which helps reduce blood pressure.
- Lowers Type 2 Diabetes risk. Exercise increases your body’s ability to metabolise glucose – the key to staving off this disease.
- Maintains Immune Functioning – Being physical may help flush bacteria out of the lungs & airways, which could help to keep colds & flu away. A brief rise in body temperature can also aid in preventing bacteria to grow and can assist in fighting off an infection better (which is what happened when you have a fever).
- It makes you a happier person – it creates changes in parts of the brain that regulate stress & anxiety. I also facilitates increases in the production of endorphins which in turn create positive feelings in your mind.
- It is great for your muscles & bones – strength training increases bone density which is so important to prevent osteoporosis later in life (as many as 25% of the female population will suffer from osteoporosis in their lives). High impact exercise like running, soccer, basketball are great for promoting higher bone density, more so than non-impact sports like swimming & cycling. Regular physical exercise reduces muscle loss & helps to maintain strength as a person ages.
- Is good for your skin & can make you look younger – exercise & movement promotes blood flow & can provide anti-oxidant protection. Both of these can delay signs of ageing .
- Helps you sleep better – the energy loss from exercising can assist with better quality sleep, which can lead to feeling more energized during the day.
- Can help reduce pain – studies have shown that even chronic pain associated with health conditions like fibromyalgia & lower back pain can be reduced or controlled. It can also increase your tolerance to pain.
- Can improve your sex life – studies have shown that exercise can increase sexual desire, function & performance in both men & women.
The benefits of regular exercising are many….much more than I have outlined in this blog post. But listed here are plenty of motivating factors to get those bodies moving today. Chose something you think you would enjoy, even just a gentle walk in the great outdoors (with your dogs if you have) can become a positive life changing habit – and an activity that you find you go back to everyday.
Who knows….maybe soon you will be signing up for that half or even full marathon in the not too distant future 😊