We talk about exercise a lot. Both strength training and aerobic exercise are necessary to keep your body healthy, strong and flexible. There are plenty of positive side effects:
- Decreases body fat
- Increases sensitivity to insulin
- Decreases blood sugar levels
- Improves sleep
- Improves reflexes
- Decreases age related memory loss
- Improves balance
- Helps contribute to muscular endurance and flexibility
- Improves mood
- Increases energy!
You are right—there wasn’t one negative effect noted! So let’s explore the last bullet line a little further.
When we improve the heart’s ability to pump blood though out the body, the blood flow to the brain also increases. More oxygen and nutrients to this organ will enhance its overall function. You feel more alert and generally more productive. There is probably even a bit of bounce to your step!
A study published a few years back in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive people who generally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.
If you are not currently in an exercise routine, what’s holding you back? If trying to figure out where to start, why not try one or more of our group classes. You are always encouraged to start at your own level and modifications can be made to any exercise. If group activities aren’t your thing, personal training can be the perfect fit. Check out the training specials on the next page!
Take advantage of our longer days and increasingly milder weather. Head outside for a walk and breathe deep! Adding Cardio-respiratory activity can help your body, your health and your mind.