The benefits of exercise are profound and far reaching, taking regular exercise or just keep physically active can help prevent major illnesses. If you’ve never taken a day’s exercise in your life, it’s never too late to start because some of the health benefits of exercise include the following:
A Happier Heart
Your heart stands to receive many of the benefits of exercise including:
- Sadly, every year in the UK around 53,000 people die from stroke and 94,000 from coronary heart disease. If you’re inactive, you almost double your risk of dying from heart disease.
- Preventing high blood pressure or reduce it if it’s already too high. One in three people has high blood pressure, putting them more at risk of a stroke or heart attack.
- Improving the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol in your blood.
Stronger Bones and Joints
Getting your body moving can:
- Reduce your risk of lower back pain or, if you already have it, reduce it. Eight out of 10 people suffer from this pain at some time in their lives.
- Help to treat and reduce osteoarthritis. Eight out of 10 people over 50 are affected by the condition.
- Be good to your bones. It helps build bone density in children, and slowdown the degeneration of your bones as you get older.
Stave off Chronic diseases
Another of the benefits of exercise is that it can reduce the risk of developing a chronic disease and help sufferers of many conditions. It can:
- Improve your defences against cancers such as colon cancer, and breast cancer in women who have been through the menopause
- Help manage and prevent diabetes, a condition which affects over two million people. Exercise is especially important if you’re at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes from being overweight, having high blood pressure or having close family members with the condition.
- Help existing diabetes patients by helping to control blood sugar levels and prevent long-term complications.
Improve Mental health and Wellbeing
It’s not all about muscles and joints. Exercise makes you feel more alive, and that contributes to happiness, satisfaction and being a participant in life rather than just a spectator. It should also help you sleep better, lower your stress levels and boost your self-image.
If you’re depressed, some studies have found that exercise can be as effective as medicines (and with fewer side effects). This is one of the most profound and important benefits of exercise.
Manage Your Weight
Of all the benefits of exercise this is the one we’re most familiar with. Activity burns calories, and a healthy weight is crucial for good health. If you’re overweight or obese, the more physical activity you do the more pounds you’ll lose. If you combine that with a healthy diet, you’ll lose weight even faster.
Getting Out There To Reap The Benefits Of Exercise
Start building exercise into your week and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you start to feel so much more alive. And if you’re planning a holiday, why not plan it around some activity? Walking, riding, biking, hiking, canoeing, swimming – the opportunities are endless.
If you’re concerned about your weight and want to find out more about the benefits of exercise by contacting one of our team today on 0808 101 0337