19 Reasons to Exercise. Part 6.

IMG_5816From neurons to hormones: Why your body needs a workout.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

Final part of this six part series, which has showcased 19 reasons why you should take up exercise.  Even if it is something you have delayed, put on the back burner you should fire it up again now.  From mind, the main reason people give up on their exercise regime is motivation.  This is where KERRIE FITNESS and small group training comes into play.  Leave the motivation to Kerrie, you only need to show up to reap all the benefits that have been discussed over the duration of this series.

REDUCES ABSENTEEISM. You may feel like taking time off work to go to the gym is a luxury you can’t afford, but by improving your overall health, exercise can help you ward off both acute and chronic illness. You’ll get fewer colds, be less prone to the flu, and avoid the accidents or surgical interventions that can force you to take prolonged absences. In a tough economy, you need every edge you can get, and by showing up for work every day, you’ll maintain that edge over your absentee-prone non-exercising co-workers.

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BOOSTS MEMORY. The effects of exercise on many of your bodily systems ultimately pays off in improving your cognitive functioning. There are now volumes of studies on humans as well as lab animals showing that regular physical exercise helps your neurons stay in shape particularly in the memory areas of your brain. You don’t even have to exert yourself that much to experience this memory boost. Moderate walking can help your brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, maintain its health and vitality. Memory also benefits from a general lowering of cortisol, the stress hormone, associated with the improved mood and anxiety levels you experience from your regular workouts.

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BUILDS INTELLIGENCE. Along with memory, your intellectual skills benefit from regular physical activity. It also helps if you can build in some mental activity as well. As oxygen flows more freely to your brain, not only does your hippocampus benefit but so does the part of your brain involved in planning and reasoning (the prefrontal cortex). Mental activity, particularly involvement in exercises that require you to respond quickly, also boosts your intelligence and even your ability to carry out activities of daily living.

IMG_5834LOWERS DEMENTIA RISK. Exercise lowers your chances for developing dementia based on cardiovascular illness because you’re improving the flow of blood throughout your body, including your brain. Because dementia due to cardiovascular disease is hard to distinguish from other forms of dementia, it’s hard to say that exercise could actually slow or prevent the neuron death responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. However, by preserving the neurons in your brain, exercise can give you an added advantage should you develop this otherwise untreatable disease. It’s even possible that exercise can help slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by improving your glucose and fat metabolism because some of the brain alterations found in Alzheimer’s disease may be due to abnormalities in these processes. For example, researchers have found recently that lowering a person’s risk for diabetes can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s possible that lack of a healthy lifestyle may have led the illness to develop in many older adult sufferers today. To the extent that middle-agers are now more likely to exercise than were their parents, we may actually see fewer people developing dementia in the coming years.

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I hope that before you’ve made it through all 19 of these reasons, you’ve put on your sneakers and decided to go to your local fitness studio to find out about classes. No matter what your age, exercise can help you achieve greater physical and mental fulfillment. See if you can add to this list of 19 reasons by finding your own personal formula for exercise success!

Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

19 Reasons to Exercise. Part 4.

From neurons to hormones: Why your body needs a workout.

Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.

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  1. REDUCES THE RISK OF ARTHRITIS. The most commonly experienced chronic illness in middle-aged and older adults, arthritis occurs due to abnormalities in the cartilage and outgrowth of bones in the joints. Unlike the other physical benefits of exercise, reducing the chances of arthritis doesn’t depend on heavy duty activity or even weight training. In fact, you may actually heighten your risk of arthritis if you do too much of the wrong kind of exercise. Running on the pavement, particularly in shoes that aren’t appropriately cushioned, can cause you to be more likely to get arthritis. Instead, you need to engage in stretching and flexibility training to increase the range of movement of your joints. This will lower your risk of injury through muscle tears or torn ligaments, and in the process protect your joints from damage caused by overuse.
  2. IMPROVES SEX LIFE. Keeping your muscles active through use helps promote the demands placed on your endocrine glands to produce more hormones. With more muscle mass comes greater stimulation to produce androgens which help both men and women maintain their sexual functioning. You are also likely to feel more fit and be more fit, which in turn will benefit your interest in and ability to carry out sexual activity. Your emotional resilience will also be greater if you exercise, which also benefits your relationship health.
  3. BRINGS ABOUT BETTER SLEEP. Although sleep experts recommend that you not exercise right before you go to bed, exercise during the day benefits your sleep at night. The physical exertion you engage in during the day helps your body’s circadian rhythm keep in tune. Sleeping better at night also improves, in turn, your immune functioning and even lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cognitive impairment. A win-win for sure!

 

KERRIE FITNESS – DARLING HARBOUR

Some days it’s just good for the soul to get out and have a wander around Sydney.  Remember to check in and talk to your significant other, a healthy relationship is just as important as a healthy body.

 

Need a place to work out?  Then come down to Kerrie Fitness and train with Kerrie!  Can’t make it when you want to?  Then download your own digital class at http://www.kerriefitness.com.au and train at home or abroad.

KERRIE FITNESS – New boardwalk at Darling Harbour

Taking a walk along the newly constructed boardwalk in Darling Harbour is certainly a most enjoyable thing to do on an, albeit overcast, Sunday afternoon. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sydney, so get up, get out and enjoy. No need to procrastinate when getting out and about lifts your mood.

Talking about procastination, another good reason to get up, get out and get down to KERRIE FITNESS is to train with Kerrie. Kerrie knows what she is doing… two time winner of LES MILLS instructor of the year and winner of the Campbelltown Local Business Awards, “Most Outstanding Fitness Services” 2018. She will whip you into shape and have you feeling good, inside and out, in no time.

Unable to make it to the studio, then download your digital class today at http://www.kerriefitness.com.au

KERRIE FITNESS – Ripped Jeans – 27 degrees – Love Sydney.

Remember to make the most of your down time.  Mental health is just as, if not more important than physical well-being.

KERRIE FITNESS Explores King Street Wharf, Sydney.

Today was a little overcast, causing a dash to shelter. This chance coincidence led to the series of photos attached as we began to explore the King Street Wharf area. A newly refurbished historical site in Old Sydney town. Steeped in history with many artifacts lovingly restored and displayed for the public.