What is Exercise?

So what better way to kick this bad boy off by talking about exercise!

What is exercise?

The Oxford dictionary defines exercise as an ‘activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness’.

Oh hey! Isn’t that what you’re trying to do too? 😉

Why exercise?

Exercise helps to maintain and increase our physical fitness and overall general health by:

Controlling Weight

Weight control is all about balance. The energy (measured in kilojoules [or calories for our friends from overseas]) you consume (food) has to be equivalent to the energy you exert (physical activity). If you are looking to lose weight, you must consume less energy and exert more energy; or vice versa. Exercise burns kilojoules (kj), the more you exercise (and the more intense the exercise), the more kjs you will burn.

Exercise is not just gym gym gym. It’s choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift, it’s a brisk walk on your lunch break instead of sitting at your desk, or even getting off the tram/bus a stop or two earlier and walking the rest of the way.

Health Benefits

Exercise improves your cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart muscle which can lower your blood pressure. It can also reduce your levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol LDL (low density lipoprotein) and increase levels of the ‘good’ cholesterol HDL (high density lipoprotein).

The heart isn’t the only thing that reaps the rewards of exercise. Regular strength exercises will help encourage bone formation due to bone loss for those with osteoporosis.

Those with diabetes can also benefit from exercise as it can affect the way the body uses insulin to control glucose levels in the blood.

Improves Mood

Exercise releases endorphin’s which is a chemical responsible for lifting your mood; creating a natural high. Not only that, it also helps release serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline which all help to make you feel mighty fine, and the best part? You only need 30 minutes of it a day!

Fun

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. It can be fun! It’s a great way for switch off and be in the moment, without a care in the world! It can also help you connect with your friends and family. Exercising with another person makes the exercise not seem like an exercise at all. It’s so much more than just lifting weights together. It can be as simple as going for a walk or run together, or even joining a dance class together. Let your imagination run wild! Maybe you can even reward yourselves with a sneaky beverage afterwards.

So that’s exercise.

Go and get your heart rate up today!

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