Why exercise should be on your to-do list every day
Exercise for health should feature in everyone’s daily routine so that they can experience its wide range of benefits.
For example, exercise can have many positive effects on mental wellbeing. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which are feel good hormones that elevate your mood. This has been shown to have many benefits for mental health, such as:
- Decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Lowering stress
- Improving sleep
Exercise also has many physical benefits. These include:
- Increasing muscle strength
- Improved bone density
- Decreasing blood pressure
- Aiding in weight loss
Exercise can also decrease the risk of many serious health conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and high cholesterol.
Exercise can be broken down into four major categories: strength, aerobic, balance and flexibility. These different forms of exercise can be used to suit people’s different goals. For example, if you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging would be suited to achieving that goal.
All types of exercise are healthy when started slowly and introduced gradually. Therefore, to avoid injury, a new type of exercise should be introduced at a low level and slowly increased in time and intensity.
For example, if jogging is a long-term goal, start with a program of partly walking with small amounts of jogging interspersed throughout. Gradually, decrease the time you spend walking and increase the time you spend jogging. This method is an effective way to avoid injury.
Physiotherapy can assist with injury prevention and physical performance by determining what types of exercise suit your body and which forms of activity may be detrimental.
Physiotherapist-led Clinical Pilates is a great form of exercise that can be modified to suit a variety of goals. It’s also a safe form of exercise for everyone. It can be a great place to start if exercise is something new to your routine, or if you have an injury and still want to be active. In addition, Clinical Pilates can be a great way to integrate exercise for health into your daily routine and improve your overall wellbeing.
At Life Ready Physio, our team is ready to help. Learn more about the services we offer here, or discover more about how we approach Clinical Pilates. If you’re interested in making a booking, reach out to us today.