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8 reasons to move the body regularly

Have you moved your body today? It’s not to make you feel bad it’s more to encourage you to do it. I started yoga 20 years ago just once a week. The I kind of stopped and did it when I felt like it. Over 3 years ago I stuck to the routine every day for 10 minutes. When I feel lazy and I skip a day, I tell you, my friends, I feel it the next day. Now,it’s not up to me to persuade you to exercise, instead have a look what the overall benefits are. when you do.

According to a research review in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, regular exercise can help cut your risk of more than 20 illnesses, including cancer and heart disease.

Brain

Staying active cuts your risk of dementia and age-related memory loss by increasing the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain that makes memories. A 40,000-person Norwegian study found that those who engage in regular activity of any intensity are less likely to develop symptoms of depression.

Breasts

Brisk walking for as little as one and a quarter hours every week can help reduce oestrogen levels in the body, which may lower your breast cancer risk by 18 per cent!

Bones

Bone-thinning osteoporosis now affects around one in three women in the UK, according to the latest research. Taking part in a 45-minute Step aerobics class, three times a week, will help boost bone density, especially in your spine, legs and heels. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) also reports that heavy resistance training may increase bone mass, as it places strain on the bones of the joint you are working.

Appetite

Intense exercise can reduce levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your appetite, while raising levels of the peptide YY, which lowers appetite. A study in the journal Appetite also found that a brisk 15-minute walk decreased chocolate cravings by 12 per cent.

Heart

Not only will exercise add about four years to your life, it can also lower your systolic blood pressure (the top number that measures your blood pressure while the heart is beating) by as much as five to 10mmHg (millimetres of mercury). This is as good as some blood pressure medications. Aim for 30 minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week.

Pancreas

Lifting weights and upping your lean muscle mass could lower your insulin resistance, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes. For every 10 per cent increase in muscle mass, the risk of pre-diabetes should drop by 12 per cent.

Gut

Three to five weekly workouts of 20-60 minutes of vigorous activity is an effective treatment for IBS, according to a Swedish study. Demanding workouts improve bowel movements, and relieve gas and constipation.

Sex drive

Around 20 minutes of cardio exercise gets your body aroused faster and more intensely for a bit of rough and tumble. Not only that, lifting weights can also cause testosterone surges, and women with more testosterone tend to be more aroused and enjoy sex more. 

Via: http://www.womensfitness.co.uk/feature/fitness/206/best-reasons-work-out

 

So how does it make you feel?

Have you decide to start exercising?

Which paragraph hit you the most?

Comment below. If you found value in this do share it! It’s about empowering each other through knowledge.

Till the next post 🙂

2 Comments

  • Elaine Mitchell

    February 17, 02 2016 08:11:15

    I never knew that about gut health! I am doing the couch25K week 8 at the moment running 28mins 3x per week. I love the changes to my body shape and how I feel more Energised and my mood is so much more positive.

    • Lucie

      February 18, 02 2016 09:56:51

      Hi Elaine, glad you learnt something new. Thanks for sharing your challenge. It’s amazing how little we need to feel great about ourselves, isn’t it? I’m the same, my mood improved immediately too. 🙂

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