The benefits of keeping active may seem obvious, yet it can’t hurt to be reminded of the many ways exercise can improve your life. Here are a few of our favourite reasons to get moving.
- Exercise improves energy levels.
Improving your fitness means your body is capable of achieving more for the same energy expenditure. While doing exercise can make you tired in the short term, regular improvements to your fitness will help you get more out of your body each day.
- Exercise can help to reduce stress.
If you are stuck in a state of stress or panic, exercise can help you move out of it into a calmer and more relaxed state, improving your mood, concentration and sleep.
- Exercise and hobbies can help you build connections and community.
Making new friends as an adult can be surprisingly difficult and the importance of connection and community is being recognised more as being essential for overall wellbeing. Being part of a team, or club is a great way to build confidence, meet friends as well as keeping active.
- Exercise keeps your muscles, tendons, joints and bones healthy.
Our bodies are often compared to machinery or car parts. However, there are some crucial differences between our bodies and machines, including the fact that our bodies respond to exercise by becoming stronger and healthier, rather than being worn out. One of the best ways to prevent osteoporosis is through regular high impact activity, which stimulates bone growth.
- Exercise can help to reduce injuries.
Similar to the previous point, tissues that are used regularly are stronger, more elastic and are less likely to tear or break when under stress. Regular exercise is the best way to keep your body in a healthy state and prevent injuries.
Finding the right exercise for you can be tricky, your physiotherapist can help you with suggestions based on your ability and skillset.