Why should we exercise?

Why shouId we exercise? I have heard plenty of excuses why people don’t exercise.  Some of these may sound familiar; I don’t have time, I’m too old, I’m not confident enough, I don’t have anyone to exercise with, i’m too fat to exercise… the list is endless.

We are told to build physical activity into our lives but have you ever asked yourself why?  There are enormous benefits to be gained by becoming more physically active and the good news is it’s never too late to start and reap the rewards.  I have clients in their 50’s who haven’t exercised for over 30 years who are now reaping the benefits and have become fitter, stronger and move much better now they take regular exercise.

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some types of cancer.  Regular exercise can also have a positive effect on your energy levels, lower your stress levels and improve your overall wellbeing.

So, how much exercise am I talking about?  Training for a marathon or trying to fit in countless hours in the gym on a daily basis? Of course not!!!  The average adult should take a minimum of 2 and a half hours of moderate cardiovascular exercise a week – for example a brisk dog walk or cycling with friends, something that raises your heart rate and increases your breathing, but does not have you gasping for your next breath.  You should also do some resistance exercise to strengthen your muscles and protect your joints.  I can hear some of you groaning… 2 and half hours, how am I going to manage that?

If you think you don’t have time take a moment to consider how long you spend social networking, on the internet, or watching television on a daily basis.  Around 30 minutes of physical activity a day will improve your health and your body will thank you in the long run.

Your health is your wealth.

Leigh x