Benefits of Exercise

The importance of keeping active in our day to day lives cannot be ignored. As women, we are often responsible for our families, role models for our kids and hold positions in our community. We therefore have to actively maintain a good state of health in order to be able to fulfil our many roles to the full. As mothers we also have a responsibility to play role models for our sons and daughters. A fit and healthy mother is one that your children should be looking up to!

Exercising has major health benefits. Apart from the obvious physical benefits of reducing major illnesses such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes and cancer by 50%, it can also lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. From a mental and psychological point of view, exercising regularly can help lift your mood and improve your mental wellbeing. By getting fitter, you can improve your self confidence and self esteem and also by keeping your weight down, you can feel good about yourself.

Regular exercise can also help with sleep quality and energy and reduces the risk of stress. There is also evidence that women who suffer from menopausal symptoms or premenstrual disorder can help their symptoms by doing regular exercise.

Physical Benefits:

  • • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Moderate intensity aerobic activity that raises your heart rate for a total of 150 minutes every week is the key to healthy living. Together with this type of exercise, muscle strengthening exercises also need to be added in to help build muscle bulk. There is evidence in the scientific literature that increasing muscle bulk helps prevent bone loss and signs of ageing.

Tips to motivate yourself

One of the main barriers to exercising is lack of motivation. Perhaps by signing up to a challenge such as a 5 k run or cycle for charity or by joining an exercise class will help. You don’t need to join a gym, a brisk walk in the park, a quick cycle to the shops or a half hour swim in the local pool 2-3 times a week can be a starting point.

Personal trainers can do a great job in keeping you active, and our very own Ben is to hand if anyone needs a push in the right direction!

Moneli Golara March 2014