Exercise helps prevent and combats chronic health problems and may even help you live longer!
How does exercise do this? Firstly exercise increases your heart rate and improves blood flow to your whole body. Exercises causes the release of hormones which improve mood, reduce stress and help to regulate your whole hormonal system. Exercise also improves the function of your immune system meaning you fight off those annoying winter colds better than if you were a couch potato. It also boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL) "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. There is compelling evidence that regular physical exercise can prevent or reduce the impact of many major chronic health problems: heart disease, stroke, pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, Alzheimers, arthritis and falls.
Don't wait until you are ill (when you won't feel like exercising), see exercising as taking an active role in preventing illness in the future. I like to think that every time I exercise I increase my chance of living a longer, more healthy life: definitely worth getting my gym shoes on for!
As winter approaches many of us face 6 months of relative inactivity. As it gets cold outside and the days get shorter, those of us who struggle to exercise anyway find it even harder. And then you add in the winter festivities (overeating etc) and winter illnesses and it’s not looking good for keeping fit. This is why I have set up a new Facebook Community to help to people like me get fit and stay fit.
The new community is called Positive Steps to Health (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Positive-Steps-To-Health/345174432246963?ref=hl)
The idea of the Community is to share ideas, motivation and support with other like-minded people.