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Have you ever wondered what the benefits of exercise actually are?

Many of us are told it is good for us to exercise but do you know why?

I spoke to local personal trainer and manager of Plus Fitness in Narrabeen – Jason Passlow for a chat about why…

Exercise is beneficial for everyone! There are many benefits of exercise for people, which we’ll talk about below, but one of the main benefits is that it can reduce your risk of chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

What we know is that exercise is a miracle cure that is at our disposal, but for some reason we have neglected to do the amount necessary to keep at bay a lot of the things that ail us.

Regular exercise:

  • Helps with weight management and reducing body fat levels. Particularly when combined with the right eating plan. Regular exercise can help you to lose weight (particularly body fat), maintain your weight loss and/or prevent weight gain. And while exercise has significant health benefits independent of weight loss, if you are carrying extra weight, then losing weight is an important part of staying healthy.
  • Lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure can increase the risk of complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and eye damage.
  • Improves blood fats. Exercise lowers triglyceride levels and increases levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This is important as lower levels of triglyceride lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Exercising regularly significantly reduces this risk by improving many of the risk factors associated with heart disease. Cardiovascular disease kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
  • Exercise can also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that any amount of physical activity provides some benefit but doing more exercise and exercising at higher intensity provides the greatest reductions in risk.
  • Gestational diabetes. Women who exercise regularly before they conceive have a lower risk of developing gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. For those who do develop gestational diabetes, regular exercise can help to manage their diabetes and reduce the need for insulin.
  • It can help with relaxation and sleep quality. Sleep quality is improved as energy depletion that occurs during exercise stimulates the recuperative process during sleep.
  • Improves bone strength. Exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise, can help to improve bone density. Some types of exercise can also help with improving balance and reducing the risk of falls, a major cause of fractures.
  • Helps with mental health. Exercise has been found to help with managing stress and can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. It can also get you out in the world, help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and put you in touch with other people.
  • Makes you feel good! There’s also good evidence that regular exercise can boost mood and improve general and health-related quality of life. Not only do you get fitter, but you become happier as well.

It has often been said that if exercise was a pill it would be considered a ‘wonder drug’. There is certainly no pharmaceutical drug currently available that provides all of the health benefits that exercise has to offer. Time to get moving!

If you are interest in learning more about exercising or how to get started give Jason Passlow a call at Plus Fitness Narrabeen on 02 9913 2922 or by email 

Thanks for reading!

Fin Mackenzie

Naturopath & Herbalist

Green Door Health -24/12-14 Waratah St, Mona Vale NSW 2103

02 99799888

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