Let’s Talk about Exercise!
What are the benefits?
The benefits of exercise are almost endless! But here are a few key health aspects that exercise promote. There is a wealth of scientific research, including studies endorsed by the NHS, which demonstrate that exercise can boost self-esteem, sleep quality, energy and mood, as well as decreasing the risk of stress, depression and dementia, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Improve Self-esteem, Energy, Mood: when you exercise, it increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline and endocannabinoid -- these are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, feeling confident, feeling capable, feeling less anxiety and stress, and even less physical pain
Sleep Quality: reduces risk of insomnia and one study showed it halved the time it took older adults to fall asleep and provided 41 minutes extra sleep per night
Decreases the risk of Stress and Depression: other than the above mentioned factors associated with improving self-esteem, energy and mood, myokine, which your body creates when your muscles contract, is another chemical that is shown to help relieve stress and boost happiness. Myokines begin to change the function and structure of your brain in ways that make you more resilient to stress and can help people recover from depression and even anxiety disorders.
Decreases the risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s: studies have shown that a modest amount of exercise would reduce a person's risk of dementia by about 40%.
Decreases the risk of Chronic Conditions: exercise improves heart health, reducing the risk of heart disease, and can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, as regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar.
Daily exercise can range from jogging, cycling, to even just walking. The key is to move around as much as possible and avoid sitting for long periods of time. This can be difficult when working from home or working in the office, but it is crucial to be mobile for as much of the day as possible, even if it is just a short walk around the office or your home. These small steps can then develop into more intense exercise, and you will start to feel more energetic and happy.