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The Benefits of Exercise

Burning calories is the least important reason to exercise.

 

Physical benefits:

  • Thirty minutes of exercise per day halves your death rate
  • Improved energy; your muscles become more efficient at using oxygen
  • Stronger bones, tendons, ligaments and reduced chance of osteoporosis
  • Reduced risk of diabetes and improvements in blood sugar control in diabetics; due to hormonal changes such as increased insulin sensitivity
  • Improved balance, coordination & flexibility
    • Reduced risk of falls in the elderly
  • Increased muscle mass and faster metabolism
  • Improved immunity; due to increased levels of immunoglobins
  • Turns on genes that suppress inflammation
  • Better sleep quality and restoration of your body’s 24 hour body clock
  • Improved libido and fertility
  • Helps restore your hunger and fullness signals and makes it more likely that you choose to eat nutrient-rich foods

 

Brain & Psychological Benefits:

  • Improved organisation, planning, learning, attention, memory and problem-solving ability due to increased levels of brain derived growth factor, increased blood flow, and neuroplasticity
  • Improved mood, favourable effect on depression, anxiety and stress Improved body image and self-confidence
  • Promotes a multitude of social skills and opportunities
  • Direct contact with nature; reduces stress and improves concentration

 

From Centre For Integrative Health’s Exercise physiologist Alanah Dobinson and Neuroslimming author Dr Helena Popovic

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