Whether you exercise or not, it's safe to say that you know it's good for you. You might do it and not like it, but it's good for you.
So if you're thinking of taking steps to get fit, or you're wanting to try new workouts but not quite sure whether to do it or not, here's a few things that might just twist your arm...
The NHS website says of exercise: “It can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.”
How is that not a no-brainer to squeeze out a 30 minute workout a few times a week?
A little more convincing needed? It's medically proven that people who do regular activity have:
- Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- A 30% lower risk of early death
- Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- Up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
Add to that an article today in The Daily Telegraph where Cancer Research state obesity will overtake smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/23/obesity-become-top-cause-cancer-women/
I know figures and stories like that can seem like scaremongering, but the figures are based on factual research.
Nobody is suggesting that if you don't exercise you're a bad person, of course you’re not, you get to decide what you do for yourself. But it may be that by reading facts like this if you've been sitting on the fence, or scared to try something new, you might consider taking small steps to introduce some exercise into your life and reaping the benefits from it. I did it 3 years ago and I've never looked back.
If you don’t know where to start then Personal Training sessions are great, they show you where to start on a fitness programme that can result in lasting and positive changes to your body, with the support of a trainer you are shown how to work out correctly, reducing the risk of injury and you have the added support when you need that extra push. Once you start you’ll soon realise that all of those overwhelming benefits listed above come almost secondary to the others that you’ll discover…
It can make you happier…endorphins in your body that are released when you exercise and give you a genuine feel-good buzz and that is priceless.
If your goal is to lose some weight then exercise can help with that if you are doing enough to raise your heart rate and burn some calories.
It can increase your energy levels…you might think a workout will leave you exhausted and good for nothing for the rest of the day, but often quite the opposite happens, if you’re looking after your body it will look after you.
It can help with relaxation and sleep quality, if done in the right amounts and at the right time; exercise is a great way to relieve any of the day’s stresses and strains, meaning you can clear your head with a good workout and then go to bed satisfied.
Taking the first step to making a change is the hardest part, get in touch and we can arrange an informal chat to discuss how I can help. Personal Training is personal, we can find what's right for you.