THE MANY BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
What are the benefits of regular exercise?
Exercise is known for being one of the most important factors in maintaining a good quality of life, helping to maintain our overall health and wellbeing.1 But aside from this, there are specific benefits you may not always think about. It may help to consider these benefits too when considering your next opportunity to exercise.
- Promotes sleep
It can help you to fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep, improving your overall quality of sleep2
- Improves your bone health
Any exercise that applies force to bone, for example running, dancing and weight lifting, helps build and maintain bone density – this fights the bone loss that naturally occurs as we age3
- Fortifies against colds and flu
Those who exercise regularly have a stronger immune system so are less likely to come down with a cold or the flu4
- May help prevent cancer
Research suggests people who are physically active can halve their risk of developing bowel cancer5
- Helps maintain a healthy heart
Your heart is a muscle and like any muscle, if you work it harder, it’ll get stronger.
- Helps manage cholesterol levels
- Regular exercise helps boost ‘good’ cholesterol while reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) – and can also lower blood pressure6
- Helps you manage your weight
Exercise helps you build muscle and increase your metabolism
- Lifts your mood
Exercise stimulates the release of feel-good hormones
- Hassmen, P, Koivula, N, & Uutela A. (2000). Physical exercise and psychological well-being: a population study in Finland. Prev Med, 30 (1), 17–25.
- Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD1,2; Yutaka Yasui, PhD1; et. al. “Effects of a year-long moderate-Intensity exercise and a stretching intervention on sleep quality in postmenopausal women.” Sleep. 2003. Vol. 26, Issue 7, pages 830–836.
- The British Nutrition Foundation
- Moderate-intensity exercise reduces the incidence of colds in postmenopausal women,” by Ulrich et al, The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 119/Issue 11.
- Lee, I.M., R.S. Paffenbarger, Jr., and C. Hsieh, Physical activity and risk of developing colorectal cancer among college alumni. J Natl Cancer Inst, 1991. 83(18): p. 1324–1329.
- Web MD. Exercises to control your cholesterol. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/features/exercises-to-control-your-cholesterol#1 Accessed December 2018.