The benefits of exercise are many and although weight loss may be at the top of your list you may be interested in the list of other things you’ll benefit from when you include exercise in your life.
Muscle gives your body its strength, shape and definition and more metabolically active than fat tissue, so it enables you to burn calories more efficiently. Therefore the more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this way, adding muscle to your body through resistance training helps you to become a higher-calorie-burning individual. This helps you lose weight that is fat without sacrificing muscle gain. Your exercise routine needs to vary so that you’re working your muscles in a variety of ways. Your personal trainer will design a program of appropriate exercises to suit your needs.
Your bones benefit on multiple levels when you exercise, as weight bearing exercise including the day-to-day stuff such as walking and stair-climbing as well as sports like tennis, running and even dancing, are all useful ways to strengthen your muscles, ligaments and joints. Resistance training also helps to stimulate bone growth as well as prevent bone loss. Resistance training uses muscle strength to stimulate bone growth as well as prevent bone loss. This is where the action of the tendons pulling on the bones boosts bone strength and examples include press-ups, weightlifting or using weight equipment at a gym. Again your personal trainer will design a program that is appropriate for your needs.
Many illnesses and conditions can benefit from or be prevented with exercise. Regular exercise can improve heart health, and strengthens muscles to help prevent joint pain and joint stiffness associated with arthritis. Often exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks by improving how well your lungs work so you have more stamina and get less breathless. People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly for better blood sugar control and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Muscles which are working use more glucose than those that are resting, leading to greater sugar uptake by muscle cells and lower blood sugar levels. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
Your personal trainer will ensure your workouts are tough enough to guarantee you’re continually increasing fitness, by introducing new exercises and covering all the relevant muscle groups.
Exercising regularly isn’t only good for your body – it’s good for your mind and can help prevent and treat some mental health conditions. It’s thought that physical activity can reduce your risk of developing depression and dementia.
Exercise can help relieve stress and anxiety, and improve your mood. This is because exercise has an effect on certain chemicals in your brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which can affect your mood and thinking.
There is good evidence that exercise directly improves sleep. We use energy during exercise and our body recovers with increased pressure for sleep – food doesn’t produce the same effect. Everyone’s body temperature naturally goes up slightly in the daytime and back down at night, reaching its low just before dawn. Decreasing body temperature seems to be a trigger, signalling the body that it’s time to sleep. Vigorous exercise temporarily raises the body temperature as much as two degrees, after which it drops lower than if you hadn’t exercised. This lower body temperature is what helps you sleep better.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia found regular aerobic exercise increased the size of the hippocampus, the area of your brain responsible for verbal memory and learning.
Research showed number of office workers’ experience comparing their performance on exercising and non-exercising days. On gym days, workers found their time management was better, they were more productive as well as being more resilient and tolerant to co-workers.
Did you know exercise is good for your skin? The combination of enhanced delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin comes from the boosted blood flow and this helps to boost collagen production, the protein that gives your skin its strength and elasticity.
So as you can see weight loss is not the only benefit you will get from regular exercise.