I’ve just read the headline in the Telegraph “Two thirds of deaths before the age of 75 in England could be avoided if the population adopted healthy diet and exercise habits……”

The article goes on to say  “Each year, 150,000 people in England die before the age of 75, and health officials estimate 103,000 of these could have been avoided!”

It reminds us that Exercise makes a difference!

As well as the more obvious benefits:

  • helping with weight loss
  • stronger more toned bodies
  • improved posture and flexibility
  • increased energy levels
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved appearance- greater self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced muscular tension
  • enhanced performance of sporting and everyday activities.
  • improved mood

Exercise makes a difference, within our bodies:

  • Improved efficiency of heart, lungs and blood vessels.
  • Increased stroke volume- amount of blood the heart pumps with each contraction.
  • Enhanced capillary network in our muscles allowing the transportation of more oxygen to our cells and swifter removal of waste products.
  • Increased metabolic rate- rate at which we burn calories
  • Decreased body fat
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Healthier cholesterol balance (HDL’s -high density lipoproteins which help clean the artery walls increase, and LDL’s low density lipoproteins that furs and ticks to the artery walls decrease)
  • Stronger bones

There are so many long term health benefits, the list goes on!

So let’s try and fit regular exercise into our lives.  There are so many ways to get moving, so find something you enjoy and make it a habit.