There’s a common misconception that people should exercise just to ‘slim down’. Whilst losing weight is a benefit of regular exercise, there are many other pros linked to a lifestyle of health and well-being. Whether you’re 10 years old or 60, it’s important to keep yourself moving – it’s undoubtedly the healthiest thing you could do for your body!
Studies continue to support the fact that exercise at all ages provides multiple advantages beyond weight control. Regular physical exercise is known to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety, can help prevent or delay illnesses and heart-related conditions. Overall, getting up and moving about is great for your not just your health but also a happy mind.
The best thing is, it’s never too late to start!
In our modern lifestyles we tend to move around less. We drive instead of walk; entertain ourselves in front of a TV instead of outside; skip the stairs in favour of an elevator where possible. Our lives are less demanding and as a result, we burn less energy than we used to. Children at schools and adults who work office based jobs often spend seven hours a day sitting down and it’s estimated that those aged over 65 spend ten or more hours a day sitting; making them the most sedentary age group.
What can you do?
Being active doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to join a gym straight away and start going four or five times a week. It’s as simple as limiting the time your children are sat in a buggy and taking them to the park to run around, or going for a walk in the evenings regularly as a family. Switch your school drive to a brisk walk, or get up and explore the town during your lunch breaks.
The benefits of regular exercise, at any age:
- Increases energy levels
- Improves efficiency of your cardiovascular system, getting needed oxygen and nutrients into your muscles
- Improves strength and reduces risks of joint and lower back pain
- Aids you in maintaining a healthy weight which can boost your self-esteem
- Beneficial for your heart, cholesterol and in reducing blood pressure
- Increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, helping you function more clearly
- Enhances your immune system
- Can reduce the risk of certain cancers, diabetes and even bone diseases
- A simple cure of insomnia; those who exercise often have better quality sleep
- Improves your mental health, releasing endorphins and relaxing your body
It’s recommended that on average you should get 150 minutes worth of exercise into your routine every week. You can do this by exercising for 60 minutes three times a week, 45 minutes four times a week and so on. We recommend you start of gradually, building up the time and intensity of your exercise as you get stronger and fitter.
Why not try a fitness class? They’ll teach you the fundamental exercises that you’ll need to keep active with a great community feel! If you’re struggling to find simple ways to start incorporating exercise into your weekly routine, our team of PT’s are on hand to offer help, advice and inspiration.