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Why exercise is important for your health

Regular exercise is necessary for physical fitness and good health, lack of exercise can result in obesity, inefficient heart and lung function, stiff joints, weak muscles and poor mental health.  According to NHS UK, to stay healthy it is recommended that adults take at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week from a variety of activities.

With technology evolving and making our lives easier there is the risk of us becoming a nation of couch potatoes, with the ability to order our shopping online, control many devices with the use of smart phones and use cars rather than walking.

There are numerous benefits of regular exercise including;

Increased Stamina – Through regular exercise your body becomes trained to be more efficient, using less energy for the same amount of work. As your fitness increases, your heart rate and breathing rate return to normal more quickly. With this in mind it is important to review your activity programme regularly to continue to improve your fitness levels.

Increased Flexibility – Through regularly stretching your body will become more flexible making bending, twisting and reaching easier. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of injury and can improve balance and posture.

Improved Mental Health – Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve mental health and reduce anxiety, depression and stress, which can lead to more serious health issues. Exercise releases endorphins, the brains “feel good” chemicals, which interact with the receptors in our brains along with triggering a positive feeling in our bodies.

Weight Control – With obesity rates in the UK growing at an alarming rate, as a nation we need to control our weight, exercise is the most beneficial way of achieving this coupled with a healthy diet. Being overweight can increase the risk of a number of health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Improves Strength – Exercise will improve muscle and bone strength, which helps to maintain posture and the movement necessary to carry out everyday tasks. Maintaining strength will help slow down the rate of bone and muscle loss in later life.

If you or a family member is suffering from obesity, joint problems or mental health conditions you may wish to seek advice from one of our expert Consultants. For more information or to book a Consultation please contact our enquiry team either online or call 01452 306009.