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5 key benefits of exercise

On the 21st September, it is National Fitness Day! So we thought it was a great opportunity to remind our community of some of the advantages of getting your body moving.

Leah Heath

Wellbeing Advisor

August 29, 2022

On the 21st September, it is National Fitness Day! So we thought it was a great opportunity to remind our community of some of the advantages of getting your body moving.

Here are 5 key benefits of exercise:

1.       Increased self-confidence

Firstly, exercise has the ability to heighten our self-confidence. While many of us exercise to stay lean, it is important to ask ourselves why this is our goal. Is it to be able to climb a mountain? Is it to feel comfortable in our own skin? If we look at the reasons behind our goals, much of it boils down to having the confidence and ability to perform tasks. Exercise can be the means of helping your body achieve something, which can have a huge impact on our self-worth.

2.       Social aspects

Secondly, exercise can enhance our social wellbeing in many ways. Exercise can be an incredibly social thing if we would like it to be. Team sports, going to the gym with a friend or a lunchtime run with a colleague are all ways that we can make exercise socially beneficial. On the other hand, perhaps you like to use exercise to switch off and take a break from the busyness of life, allowing you to recharge and be there for those that you love. Exercise is very personal, so find something that works for you in this respect, and do it!

3.       Stronger

Using our muscles will of course make them stronger. Strengthening muscles improves their ability to draw oxygen from our blood. This lowers stress on the heart which otherwise has to work more and pump harder to make blood reach muscles.

Being stronger often means that people are better able to cope with everyday tasks.

4.       Cardiovascular fitness

Similarly, having better cardiovascular fitness allows us to better able to deal better with daily tasks. This can be anything from being able to play with our children in the park to running for the bus.

Exercise also regulates blood pressure which is important, as if it is too high, your heart is under less strain

5.       Longer life expectancy

Last, but certainly not least, studies have shown that those who exercise regularly live about 7 years longer than those who don’t. This benefit has been seen regardless of weight, age, sex and health conditions, meaning that there is little excuse, if any to not get your body moving.

So there you have it! 5 key benefits of exercise, which double up as 5 great reasons to get active. Use this National Fitness Day as an excuse to kick-start your journey with fitness.

 

Sources

6 Health Benefits Of Exercise For Cardiovascular Health - DailyWellnessPro

Exercise To Live Longer | Benefits of Exercise On Aging | Allina Health