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!
- Boosts brain power
- Relieves stress, anxiety and tension
- Improves sleep
- Boosts energy levels
- Lifts your moods and relieves depression
- Betters self-esteem
- Combats the ageing process, preserving vitality and health
- Prevents coronary artery disease
- Strengthens the heart muscle
- Boosts immunity, helping the body combat infectious disease
- Reduces the risk of developing breast-, cervical-, ovarian- and uterine cancer in women
- Reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer in men
- Controls weight when coupled with a balanced eating plan
- Prevents osteoporosis by increasing bone density
- Reduces symptomatic pain caused by arthritis
- Increases muscular strength and endurance
- Improves total lung capacity and endurance
- Betters agility, balance, coordination and reflexes
- Helps control blood pressure
- Alleviates lower back pain
- Increases circulating levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
- Improves mental alertness
- Better athletic performance
- Improves strength of connective tissue
- Increased flexibility
- Improves body composition
- Prevents cognitive decline
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Lowers resting heart rate
- 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.
By Letitia Kleynhans