As we move into this new term, let’s start now and make exercise a priority in our lives.  

Here’s a few reasons why …

  • Exercising improves your memory, and also helps new skills stick longer. Processes that involved muscle memory, like playing the piano, were more likely to stay with a person if they exercised immediately afterward – increasing the brain’s cognitive function, according to a study by the University of Copenhagen. (Source: HuffPost Blog)
  • Middle-aged women who exercise regularly report a higher quality of life and reduced symptoms of menopause, according to a population-based study published in the January 2015 issue of Maturitas.  (Source: Beth Skwarecki, “Exercise Helps Menopause Symptoms and Quality of Life”).
  • Build bone strength through weight bearing exercise.  This is essential, particularly during the pre & post menopause years!
  • A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that children and young adults are more likely to make good decisions after a bout of exercise. Kids and young adults who worked out right before test-taking showed better concentration and self-control than non-exercisers.  (Source: HuffPost Blog)

As well as the many more obvious benefits:

  • weight loss
  • stronger more toned bodies
  • improved posture and flexibility
  • increased energy levels
  • reduced stress levels
  • decreased blood pressure
  • lower risk of heart disease
  • healthier cholesterol balance

 Fear of trying something new can stop us from getting involved and active.  Don’t let it.  Start now and make exercise a priority, there are so many benefits, physically and mentally!