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The Benefits of Exercise

Posted on October 23rd, 2018 by Andries Lodder

Image result for The benefits of exercise By Jennifer Steele We all have different motivators in life and the same can be said for the reasons behind why we exercise. According to data collected from Exercise Right Week 2016’s survey – out of over 8800 participants, 63.5% exercised with the main motivation being ‘to lose weight’ and ‘to get fitter’. Only 31% considered lengthening and improving their overall quality of life when exercising. The remainder of participants were training for athletic purposes. So how can we use this information to help improve people’s adherence to exercise and keep them active. Most people know the basic benefits; exercise helps you lose weight and it makes you stronger and fitter. A few people may know that there are other benefits but not many know the numerous benefits that including a few hours of exercise into your weekly schedule can do.

The Benefits:

Physical Benefits of Exercise:

  • It improves muscle strength and size
  • It improves joint functions and health
  • It improves fitness levels
  • It improves bone density levels
  • It prolongs independence and functional ability
  • It slows down the effect of aging
  • It reduces the risk of falling
  • It improves and elevates energy levels

Health Benefits:

  • It reduces risk of getting certain types of cancer
  • It reduces risk of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes
  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It lowers cholesterol levels
  • It prevents Osteoporosis
  • It assists with weight loss and preventing obesity
  • It reduces the severity of Asthma
  • It lowers blood sugar levels and improves the bodies insulin sensitivity
  • It reduces diabetes complications
  • It reduces inflammation levels
  • It triggers the growth of new brain cells and promotes good brain health
  • It helps manage Arthritis
  • It can help reduce chronic pain
  • It improves sleep quality

Emotional and Mental Benefits:

  • It improves self confidence
  • It releases good endorphins that make you feel happier
  • It treats and prevents depression
  • It reduces the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • It reduces stress levels


After reading these why wouldn’t you want to exercise. We are not saying you must live at the gym and spend your life sweating. All you need to start with is 3, 60-minute sessions or 6, 30-minute sessions. Therefore, in a week that has 168 hours in it, all we are asking for is 3 hours in total! That’s just 1.7% of your entire week that we are asking you to devote to yourself and improving your overall health. Image result for exercise and overall health For more information on the benefits of exercise don’t hesitate to contact us. We can give you all the information you need, as well as tailor make aprogram to suit your individual health and fitness goals.

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