Why is exercise so important?
How can exercise improve my health?
I have injuries I can’t exercise can I?
I have health issues, how can I exercise?
But I hate the gym!

These are just a few of the many questions and statements I hear on a regular basis.

There are so many people that are under the impression that exercise must involve a gym membership!

Exercise can present itself in many formats, all forms of movement is an exercise. So incidental activities such as mowing the lawn, ironing, cleaning the house, taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking the car a few extra spaces away from a shop entrance, playing with the kids and just plain old walking. Then you have planned activities (i.e. change your clothes) such as: jogging, yoga, pilates, weight training, cycling, swimming, dancing even meditation.

When we par-take in activity our bodies release chemicals called Endorphins and these interact with receptors within the brain sending positive ‘happy’ feelings throughout our body, this is just one of the many reasons why it’s so important to exercise and even more so for those suffering with: Stress, Anxiety or Depression.

Here are some of the many benefits gained when doing some form of regular exercise:

  • Improved self-confidence and posture.
  • Boosted neurological activity: The increased blood flow to the brain through exercise triggers biochemical changes creating new brain cells, thus improving our brain power!
  • Reduced stress and anxiety so aiding the anti-aging process and improving sleep.
  • Building new cells throughout the body through increased blood flow and improving our immune system.
  • Improved circulation and increased energy.
  • Increased bone density that helps ward off Osteoporosis.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Weight management, weight loss, weight gain.
  • Body composition creating strong muscle and tone throughout the body and reducing body fat
  • Creating a healthier approach to eating habits and ensuring consumption of more nutrient dense foods.
  • Increased longevity of those with heart disease, cancer, diabetes to name just a few.
  • Reversal of Type 2 diabetes, along with the aid of a food management plan.
  • Increase in Vitamin D levels when outside; preventing bone weakness and increase in fractures later in life. Approx. 5% of NZ Adults are deficient and a further 27% below the recommended blood levels (source: Ministry of Health NZ) we do need some sun!
  • Strong body creates a strong mind and uplift in a positive outlook.
  • Inspiration and creativity.

Even if you have an injury or are recovering from surgery there is always a way to work around it, no matter which body part is affected. This can be done wi very specific isometric rehabilitation and mobilization work or simply finding activities such as swimming which is non load bearing to create an effective form of workout.

Exercise is a very personal activity and by that I mean it is so important to spend a little time and effort trying different activities to find out what best suits you, your personality, time schedule, wallet and most importantly enjoyment.

Some times it may be best to initially seek the help of a professional to help you assess your body and what it may need and help guide you in the right direction.

The important thing is…don’t give up!

The benefits of exercise in any form far out way sitting on the coach and not taking action to improve your life for the better. The more you research about extended periods of sitting the more you will want to find something that keeps you active and moving.

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