We all know that exercise is an essential ingredient in our holistic health.  It is all well and good to attend to what we are putting INTO and ONTO our bodies – but if we are not paying attention to what we are doing WITH our bodies we can be putting our overall wellbeing in danger.

If you are anything like me knowing the reasons WHY something is so important helps significantly with your motivation to do it.  So I have listed below some great reasons to pay attention to how much and how well you are moving!

  1. Ensuring ease of physical movement – Move it or lose it!  Joints and muscles that are not used regularly will lose part of their function.  This can lead to pain, discomfort and a decreased ability to move.
  2. Ensuring internal movement  – external movement effects the movement of blood, nutrients, oxygen and cellular energy
  3. Stress and Mood – Physical activity releases endorphins creating positive feelings and decreasing the effects of stress.  Regular movement is proven to effectively combat anxiety and depression.
  4. Energy – energy begets energy!  The more active you are the more you battle the effects of fatigue. Prevention of chronic disease – research has shown a reduction in disease such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Resistance training is particularly effective!
  5. Strength – This can only be maintained and developed by repeated use of muscle.
  6. Sleep – Active individuals suffer far fewer sleep-related issues.  Aerobic movement is shown to improve sleep quality.
  7. Effective immune function, bone density, digestion and immune function are all effected by exercise or lack thereof.

So although most of us live lives that are bursting at the seems with busyness – exercise is not something we cannot afford to ignore if we want to be fully functioning individuals, able to tackle all that life throws at us! Remember it is little changes made over time. Start by adding a it into your routine a couple of times a week and build up from this.

Article written by Sally Townsend Fitness Instructor

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