The Benefits of exercise – Slimatone

The Benefits of exercise

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

The Benefits of exercise

Exercise is becoming more and more important for overall health and well-being. Exercise is an important component in the reduction of many diseases and detrimental health issues. It plays a significant role in your mental and cognitive functioning.

Exercise is described by the Oxford Dictionary as any activity that requires physical effort, which is carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness (Oxford Dictionary/English, 2017).

Exercise has a vast array of beneficial aspects, as stated by Mayo clinic; exercise controls our weight, which decreases the likelihood of obesity and the associated conditions that are known to accompany obesity.

Exercise decreases our risk of, hypertension. Hypertension is known as high blood pressure. The average rating for blood pressure is 120/80. A high blood pressure is detected when these values reach around 140/90.

Regular exercise decreases the risk of hypertension due to the fact, that like any other muscle in the body, the heart needs to be strong in order for it to function optimally. When the heart is strong it requires less energy and makes it easier for it to pump blood around the body. This therefore puts less strain on the heart.

To reduce high blood pressure, regular aerobic or cardiovascular exercise is recommended. This includes walking, dancing, cycling and swimming.

Exercise decreases your risk of Type II diabetes. Type II diabetes affects our body’s sensitivity to insulin, meaning that the body becomes resistant to insulin and the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. The resistance to insulin makes it difficult for the body to transfer glucose into glycogen which is used for energy.

Metabolic syndrome is caused by a combination of issues such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels.  High cholesterol and having too much fat around the waist, all these issues present together. Regular exercise decreases the occurrence of these issues.

Exercise contributes to the reduction of cardiovascular disease, which is a narrowing or blocking of the arteries in the heart. The narrowing and blocking is due to plaque build-up in the arteries, the plaque is formed by cholesterol and fats. This leads to heart attacks and strokes.

Regular exercise is beneficial in the reduction of cardiovascular disease as it breaks down the plaque and reduces the build-up of fat stores.

 Exercise is incredibly important for our mental health and overall well-being. Studies have shown that exercise reduces depression and anxiety. It reduces stress and helps to obtain a goodnight’s rest.

The reduction in these effects are due to the release of the chemicals endorphins, which have pain reducing aspects, and produce a feel good feeling, therefore, elevating your mood and contributing to positivity.

The recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise includes walking, jogging, swimming and dancing, to name a few.

Two to three days a week should be dedicated to strength or resistance training, incorporating all the large muscles groups. These include weighted exercises and 10-12 reps of each exercise should be performed at least twice a training session.

Flexibility and proprioception should also be included, as well a regular stretching to decrease the risk of sustaining injuries.

It is essential to incorporate exercise into our daily routine; we need to make it a habit. Although it can be very difficult to find the time to do some exercise, we must prioritise it, it doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym, find a sport of hobby that you enjoy and start there. An exercise partner is a great way to increase your adherence to your exercise plan as this person will make your more accountable.

Find something you love to do or have always wanted to do and start to enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling better!!