We all know exercise is good for you.
Today we are going to explore some of the benefits of exercise.
And why you should make exercise a staple in your routine.
Let’s dive in.
Benefits of Exercise #1 – Exercise makes You Live Longer!
This might seem obvious but it is TRUE!
There are 3 certainties in life – death, taxes and ageing.
Research has found that subjects with higher muscle mass and cardiovascular fitness have a higher life expectancy.
How does this work?
Imagine over the first 30 years of your life you are building a pile of sand. Slowly creating your own little mountain.
However, after the the age of 30, the wind slowly starts to blow little bits of sand off our mountain, making it slightly smaller every year.
And with every year the strength of the wind increases blowing more sand off the top of our mountain.
Weights training and cardiovascular exercises like running build up your body. Improving your bodies ability to walk, run and pump blood. Allowing your body to produce the same results while using less effort and energy.
As you age, your muscle mass begins to deteriorate at about 3-5% every decade. This can lead to a condition called Sarcopenia. Which is excessive muscle loss resulting in weakness and low stamina.
Resulting in higher risk of falls, osteoporosis and your body begins to work less efficiently.
There are two ways to combat this.
- Building a large foundation of sand while you are young. This will mean that it will take longer to deteriorate. This can be done by adhering to a strength and conditioning program during your youth.
- Keep adding small amounts of sand each day to counter the effects of the wind.
Commonly as people get older, they begin to prioritise exercise less and less. Adding a small number of resistance and cardiovascular exercises to your weekly routine can dramatically reduce the effects ageing has on your muscle mass and cardiovascular system.
Benefits of Exercise #2 – Exercise improves your cognitive function
Leading an active lifestyle has been proven to sharpen concentration and mental performance.
Physical activity levels during your 20-40’s have been linked to your cognitive longevity and preventative to diseases such as Alzheimer’s. So if you need a little bit of a pick me up. Or you just need a little bit of an edge to beat your kids at words with friends.
Try a quick work out beforehand and see if it helps you up your game!
Benefit of exercise #3 – Exercise can fight chronic illness!
Exercise is an excellent tool for managing your weight and weight loss.
Weight gain and obesity is known to increase your risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Regular exercise reduces the concentration of circulating BAD fats in your blood (Triglycerides and LDL).
High triglycerides and LDL’s levels cause your heart and cardiovascular system to become less efficient. This means that your heart has to work harder to achieve the same results.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of triglycerides and LDL’s in your blood can lead to serious cardiovascular conditions and diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidaemia and heart attack.
Other health conditions or diseases that can be prevented or managed using regular exercise:
- Autoimmune Disease
- Add a few more
How does exercise help manage these illnesses?
Benefits of Exercise #4 – Exercise can fix your injuries
You dont lose it you lose it
You have to work to make it better
Do you have a little niggle? An old injury that’s never quite healed properly? But what, if I told you exercise could manage or get rid of the pain for good?
Well, it can!
Exercise therapy and rehabilitation is a simple way to prevent and manage injuries and has been utilised by professional sports for years. The common mantra for exercising when your injured or suffering from a few aches and pains is ‘I’ll rest it and start exercising again when it’s healed up!’
Rest and recovery is an essential part of injury rehabilitation. But rest can only take you so far. Like a chair with a crack in one of the legs. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not an issue for as long as you want but eventually, you are going to fall through and land on your ass.
The same can be said for our bodies. We can cross our fingers and hope it gets better but with you taking the time to glue it back together, things will just stay the same, if not get worse.
BUT WHAT IF MY INJURY IS TOO SEVERE?
Did you know… People who suffer from ACL tears are encouraged to keep strengthening the injured leg up until the surgery to ensure that the muscles are as strong as possible during the rigorous rehabilitation phase?
Did you know… People who suffer from severe injuries are encouraged keeping strengthening the rest of their bodies to maintain as any strength gains in the uninjured limb may be matched up to 75% in the injured limb?
My Dad is the perfect example. For years he complained of groin pain. Waiting for the pain to subside before resuming sport until one day he mentioned his troubles to me. After just TWO WEEKS of rehabilitation which he could do in the comfort of his living room, the pain was gone!
People all around the world walk around every day with aches and pains that they have just accepted are a part of their lives that can be fixed or managed.
If this sounds like you, stop letting those niggles ruin your day and contact a local exercise professional. Because whether you are recovering from an ACL tear, broken arm like your favourite footy player. Or even if your back just stiffens up after sitting down for too long. Exercise is here to help!