Benefits of Exercise—Beyond Vanity

Sharon Rekieta, Fitness and Wellness Director - 21st March 2014

Many people work out to lose weight and/or to improve their appearance.  And while those are certainly valid reasons and almost certain outcomes, there are other benefits.

Regular aerobic exercise:

• Strengthens your heart and the cardiovascular system
• Improves circulation and respiratory function
• Boosts energy levels so you can do more with ease
• Increases endurance
• Lowers blood pressure
• Improves muscle tone, strength, balance and flexibility
• Strengthens bones
• Helps reduce body fat
• Minimizes stress and anxiety
• Improves the duration and quality of your sleep

Aerobic exercise is defined as any type of activity that increases your heart and breathing rate.  Options include: walking, running, biking, swimming, circuit weight-training, dancing, kickboxing, and anything else that keeps your heart beating in a training zone appropriate for your fitness level.
An optimal duration is sustaining the activity for 30 minutes.  If you’re a beginner, exercising for that long might not be possible at first—and that’s okay.  Start slow, listen to your body and gradually add minutes to your workout.

So if any of the above benefits sound good to you—choose an activity and get moving!