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Exercise, especially cardiovascular, helps strengthen the heart muscle and improve the health of your arteries. A stronger heart means there’s less of a strain involved when pumping blood around the body, reducing blood pressure.
Research has shown a link between taking regular exercise and reducing the risk of certain cancers including lung, colon, breast, uterus and prostate.
Exercise helps to control blood sugar levels, and reduce the risk of getting diabetes. Studies have also shown that exercise can decrease insulin resistance, a condition which can lead to diabetes over time.
Exercise can help to prevent injuries by improving balance, posture, core strength, flexibility and strengthening muscles to increase support for vulnerable joints such as knees and shoulders. Having a stronger core from exercise is especially good for reducing the risk of back problems as it provides a natural back support.
Without regular exercise, muscles get weak. This in turn puts more pressure on joints, increasing the risk of arthritis in later life.
Bones constantly adapt to physical stress by creating new bone. Because of this, weight bearing exercise is especially good for bone density and strength.
Deciding to exercise is a great way of moving the mind from negative thoughts to more positive ones. Exercising also causes the body to release mood-lifting endorphins.
As if the above list wasn’t enough to inspire everyone to be more active, regular exercise is also good for the brain, and helping oxygen and the nutrient supply to every cell in the body.
If someone created a drug with all the benefits we get from exercise, everyone would be clamouring for it! Yet all we have to do is find some time to be active. A brisk walk at lunch time, a game of badminton with colleagues, taking the stairs instead of the lift. There are plenty of opportunities in the day to get the body moving and the heart pumping. So go on, pop the pill of Mother Nature’s wonder drug, and exercise today!
David Bowie, owner of Healthy Fit Life, is a mobile personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in the Farnham and Camberley area.