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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













        Varicose veins








        Heart attacks


        Heart disease







        Gall bladder disease


        Diabetes Mellitus




        Angina pectoris






        Back pain










        Low self esteem





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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