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Why exercise

Why exercise

Have you ever given thorough thought as to why you work out? Exercise is not always about ripped abs and weight loss – it helps ward off the big killers like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and can improve your mental health. Given the overwhelming evidence that exercise improves quality of life, it seems obvious that we should be physically active if we want to live well into old age.


If you need extra incentives to lace up your trainers, read on to see what wealth of benefits a regular exercise routine has in store for you. Take note, this is not the entire list!


  1. Boosts brain power
  2. Relieves stress, anxiety and tension
  3. Improves sleep
  4. Boosts energy levels
  5. Lifts your moods and relieves depression
  6. Betters self-esteem
  7. Combats the ageing process, preserving vitality and health
  8. Prevents coronary artery disease
  9. Strengthens the heart muscle
  10. Boosts immunity, helping the body combat infectious disease
  11. Reduces the risk of developing breast-, cervical-, ovarian- and uterine cancer in women
  12. Reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer in men
  13. Controls weight when coupled with a balanced eating plan
  14. Prevents osteoporosis by increasing bone density
  15. Reduces symptomatic pain caused by arthritis
  16. Increases muscular strength and endurance
  17. Improves total lung capacity and endurance
  18. Betters agility, balance, coordination and reflexes
  19. Helps control blood pressure
  20. Alleviates lower back pain
  21. Increases circulating levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  22. Improves mental alertness
  23. Better athletic performance
  24. Improves strength of connective tissue
  25. Increased flexibility
  26. Improves body composition
  27. Prevents cognitive decline
  28. Alleviates menstrual cramps
  29. Lowers resting heart rate
  30. Improved overall quality of life



So, what counts?


It is recommended to do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise over a week,. For most people, 3-5 times per week is enough – that includes all forms of exercise. The maximum training frequency should be 6 times per week – make sure you take an entire day off from all exercise.


If you’re a beginner, start slowly and gradually build up your training volume and frequency.


Our awesome team of personal trainers are here to help you with training programs and to answer your burning questions.


Happy training!


By Letitia Kleynhans 

Categories: Uncategorized

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