10 Good reasons to exercise

1..Reduces risk of coronary artery disease(CAD), Arteriosclerosis,heart attack, stroke and blood vessel diseases by 29%.High levels of activity reduce the risk by 46%.Heart disease is on the increase and adding 20-30 mins of moderate exercise 3-4 times a week can reduce the risk.

2..Reduces blood pressure.Regular moderate exercise(not including lifting heavy weights) helps to maintain elasticity of blood vessels.Inactivity increases the risk of hypertension by 35%.Active people with Hypertension have half the risk of death compared to those who are inactive.

3..Reduces body fat.Dieting alone results in aloss of fat,carbs and lean tissue.whereas a diet with exercise will utilise fat, helping to prevent arteriosclerosis and help maintain lean muscle mass.The added benefit of having more lean tissue is that it requires more calories to maintain, even at rest..so the pounds stay off.

4..Reduces LDL cholesterol and increases HDL  cholesterol the good  cholesterol.HDL collects  cholesterol from the arteries and transports it to the liver for secretion.Regular exercise can result in modest decreases in body weight and fatness,blood pressure(in people who have midly elevated blood pressure),blood triglycerides levels and low lipoprotein LDL the ‘bad’  cholesterol.Regular exercise combined with diet low in saturated fat and  cholesterol can make a slimmer and healthier body.

5…Reduces anxiety levels.Exercise can be a positive diversion from stress by increasing body temperature to a temporary state of relaxation.Exercise provides a sense of control and mastery(studies of corporate structures show that employees have more stress than executives do because of a lesser level of control).Successful experience reinforces coping behaviour.

6..Improves posture,functional strength and bone density.Exercise with resistance such as weights, weight machines or body weight exercises 3 times a week has a whole host of benefits.It can increase muscular strength and endurance, reduce osteoporosis through increasing or maintaing bone density, reduce lower back problems by improving strength of the postural muscles, abdominal and back area, and can improve physical appearance.

7…Improvements in flexibility.Stretching exercise can help increase or maintain the range of movement(ROM)of muscles and joints.Regular stretching prepares muscles, tendons and ligaments for activity.It can help to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness(DOMS) after activity.Participating in Stretching classes,yoga and pilates can also helpimprove posture and provide stress relief.

8..Improve Glucose Tolerance.The ability of the body to regulate the level of sugar in the blood is called glucose tolerance.When a persons glucose tolerance declines, the concentration of sugar in the blood  increases, which may lead to diabetes.(approximately 1 in 4 older adults are at risk of devloping adult- onset, non-insulin dependant diabetes)Regular exercise can enhance the bodys ability to use insulin,the hormone that regulates the body’s use of blood sugar and thereby maintain normal blood sugar levels.

9…Improvements in Sexual activity.Research says exercise has specific benefits in relation to sexual activity.Key factors in this are the psychological benefits reported by regular exercisers such as enhanced self image and sense of well being and an improved outlook on life.Many adults find that their oppurtunities to socialise are limited.Group activites such as Bootcamp, exercise classes and dancingbring people together and make life FUN and more interesting.

10…Life expectancy is increased by regular physical exercise.Research has shown Low physical fitnes=a shorter life span.There is a close association between chronological ageing and physical inactivity.The average lifespan is increasing and with an active lifestyle these golden years can be long and rewarding..


So if you have been putting off getting back into shape and increasing your Fitness, there were 10 Great reasons to make 2013 YOUR year to become a FITTER YOU!



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