Exercise for health

Exercise comes in many shapes and forms, whether it is going to the gym, taking part in a group exercise class, going for a swim or simply going for a run outside or joining a club of your preferred sport.  These are forms of exercise we normally do routinely and build as part of a habit of our daily lives.  Everyone can make time for exercise, ranging from early morning sessions (before work), lunch time short bursts of activity, to going straight to the gym or club from work.  Routine is key to developing healthy habits leading to a more disciplined and healthy structure to the day.

With this in mind it has a knock on effect in other areas of our lives such as making healthier food choices to muscle repair, increased energy levels, boost immune system, drinking more water to stay hydrated, weight loss and more restful sleeping are to name but a few.  Fitter, firmer toned bodies with increasing strength and postural correction.

Exercise helps to relieve/reduce stress/anxiety/depression by releasing endorphins (feel good hormones) within the body, regular exercise helps to build confidence and boost self esteem over time.  Stretching exercises are particularly beneficial for releasing a build up of toxins within the muscles aiding any tightness and helping with flexibility.  Weight bearing exercises help to tone/build muscle and strengthen bone density reducing the risks of diseases such as osteoporosis when practiced on a regular basis.

Being regularly active and keeping your fitness levels up can help to ward off chronic diseases such as heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, High blood pressure and stroke.

Keeping your fitness levels up can be as simple as setting a routine to go for a walk 30 minutes per day, doing some gardening, getting off the bus a stop before you need to, using the stairs instead of the lift are a few examples.  The main aim is to keep moving on a daily basis and to your own ability.  You are not in competition with anyone else but yourself, keep setting your goals and keep moving forward your body will thank you for it.

The talks explaining about different foods and how the body uses them are really informative and helpful in planning your meals. The food diary sheets are helpful as it gives Abi the Nutritionist evidence on where we need to make changes.
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