Why should we exercise

Most people, regardless of age, ability and gender should be able to do some form of physical activity.

These are some of the known benefits of factoring in the right type of exercise on a regular basis:

  • It improves your general health and wellbeing
  • It improves your ability to do everyday tasks
  • It gives you more energy
  • It can help to make you better able to deal with stress
  • It improves self-esteem
  • It can help you manage your weight
  • It slows the ageing process
  • It can boost your immune system.

Becoming fit and healthy is dependent on a combination of many strands:

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Exercise provides the largest contribution to fitness and health. Only 20% of the population do the right amount of physical activity to benefit their health.

Conversely, some people can be fit but not healthy. Studies have shown that regular moderate exercise can boost the immune system, and have a positive influence on reducing susceptibility to infection.

However, too much high intensity exercise, especially without recovery time, could suppress the immune system.

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Key Benefits

  • Cardiovascular/Aerobic: Helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance plus Flexibility and Stamina: Helps to reduce the risk of injury, osteoporosis, and back pain.
  • Motor Skills: Help to improve co-ordination, balance, speed, and agility.

Although exercise can help to reduce avoidable risk factors to maintaining good health, exercise in itself can be a risk factor if used inappropriately.

Avoidable Risk Factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Inability to cope with stress
  • Physical inactivity

Unavoidable Risk Factors:

  • Age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Gender

Making exercise a daily routine for health and wellbeing

It is important to choose the types of exercise that are right for you as an individual. If you are unused to physical activity, I would suggest that you speak to a fitness instructor.

They will ask you to complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, and carry out an assessment. Based on that information, they can give advice on what is suitable and how to progress it. If you have underlying health conditions, you would be wise to consult your GP before starting to exercise. In fact, an exercise professional may also refer you to your doctor for their consent first.

According to the World Health Organisation:

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, rather than solely an absence of disease and infirmity.’

There is a huge variety to physical activities to choose from, that can be easily adapted to make it safe and appropriate for you as an individual. Whatever exercise you decide to do, it should always be something that you enjoy.