We all know that exercising is good for us as well as boosting our self image but what are the actual health benefits of exercise and physical activity. The fitness team at Vitality Health & Fitness in Port Talbot have come up with a guide to these benefits which stress how exercise and physical activity can improve our benefits.
Why Physical Activity is Important
Physical activity will reduce or maintain body weight or body fat as well as maintaining healthy muscles, bones, and joints. Exercise is also known to reduce depression and anxiety and relieve insomnia.
As all athletes know physical activity and exercise will also enhance sports performance by improving muscle tone, strength and flexibility. Exercise also benefits older adults become stronger and better able to move without falling; reduces the risk developing and/or dying from heart disease; and reduces the chance of getting high blood pressure or the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Now most of us are aware of these benefits but there are so many more that people may not be aware of such a reducing:
- high cholesterol or the risk of developing high cholesterol
- the risk of developing colon cancer and breast cancer
- the risk of developing diabetes Improve psychological well-being.
Now we’ve outlined the general benefits of exercise, we’d like to highlight some more benefits around specific types of exercise.
Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise is both popular and highly effective. For example, aerobic exercise will:
o Reduce body fat and improve weight control
o Increase blood supply to muscles and ability to use oxygen
o Increase threshold for lactic acid accumulation
o Increase maximal oxygen consumption (VO 2max)
o Improve cardivascular/cardiorespiratory function (heart and lungs)
o Lower heart rate and blood pressure at any level of submaximal exercise
o Lower resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure
o Increase HDL Cholesterol (the good cholesterol)
o Decrease blood triglycerides
o Improve glucose tolerance and reduced insulin resistance.
Health Benefits of Strength Training
Most people think strength training is only good for increasing muscular strength but there are many more benefits to both women and men alike. The main advantages of strength training compared to other forms of exercise range from increased strength of tendons and ligaments, improvements in flexibility ( (range of motion of joints); reduction in body fat and increased lean body mass (muscle mass); and potentially decreases resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure
And there’s more! Strength training can result in positive changes in blood cholesterol, improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity and improved strength, balance, and functional ability in older adults.
Vitality Health & Fitness Club
The fitness team at Vitality Health & Fitness Club are always on hand to give advice to all members on the best type of training programme they should undergo (and particularly if you have any health issues).
To find out more, call us on the number below or sign up for a free pass on our website http://www.vitalityhealthandfitness.co.uk/