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Stress Management for Health Course

Benefits of Exercise

 

What are the Benefits for you if you Exercise?

 

"The World Health Organisation says a sedentary life is one of the ten leading causes of death and disability, and lack of activity leads to more than 2 million deaths annually."  (Les Snowden)

 

Biochemical and Physiological Changes with Exercise

Research studies have shown that exercise has a number of beneficial biochemical and physiological effects on our body, such as:

 

        Lowers the levels of stress hormones in the blood stream.

 

        Reduces the clotting time of our blood

 

        Stimulates gall bladder to drain

 

        Causes muscles to relax

 

        Lowers lactate levels (linked to being a factor in anxiety)

 

        Improves insulin resistance

 

        Improves blood cholesterol profile

 

        Stabilises blood sugar levels

 

        Lowers blood pressure

        Lowers resting heart rate

 

        Boosts immune function

 

        Lowers oestrogen levels

 

        Lowers triglycerides

 

        Improves sleep

 

        Improves efficiency of cardiovascular system

 

        Boosts serotonin

 

        Induces relaxation

 

        Increases our energy level

  

Physical and Psychological Benefits of Regular Aerobic Exercise

 

The Biochemical and Physiological changes in our bodies mentioned above have been shown by research to reduce the likelihood of us developing a wide range of health problems.

Such as:

 

        High cholesterol levels

 

        Colds and infections

 

        High blood pressure

 

        Post natal depression

 

        Problematic labour in pregnancy

 

        Reduced mortality rate

 

        Premenstrual syndrome

 

        Certain cancers (breast, bowel, prostate)

 

        Dysmenorrhoea (period pain)

 

        Exercise improves insulin sensitivity and helps lower blood glucose levels.

 

        Kidney stones

 

        Insomnia

        Impotence

 

        Pain

 

        Anxiety

 

        Depression

 

        Stress

 

        Varicose veins

 

        Constipation

 

        Endometriosis

 

        Strokes

 

        Heart attacks

 

        Heart disease

 

        Obesity

 

        Headaches

 

 

        Gall bladder disease

 

        Diabetes Mellitus

 

        Osteoporosis

 

        Angina pectoris

 

        Glaucoma

 

        Anger/Hostility

 

        Back pain

 

        Fatigue

 

        Migraines

 

        Asthma

 

        Gallstones

 

        Low self esteem

 

        Acne

 

  

Exercise and Diabetes

Research has shown that diabetics who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing diabetic complications and a lower risk of dieing when compared to diabetics who do not exercise.

Aerobic exercise can lower insulin resistance in one week.  In a study at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA, 11 women walked and cycled for 50 minutes a day.  In one week, their insulin resistance dropped by 58%.  Exercise may improve insulin function by increasing the muscles demand for glucose.

 

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