Exercise would be a pill worth taking

These days it seems like people are popping pills for every health ailment you can think of! People take pills to reduce their cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides and blood sugar; pills to help prevent a heart attack or stroke; even pills to help improve their mood.

So would you take a pill that gave you more energy, promoted better sleep, put the spark back into your sex life and perhaps even allowed you to live longer?

Of course you would! And guess what? You can get all these benefits and more absolutely FREE! You don’t have to look any further than good old-fashioned exercise. If the benefits of exercise could be bottled in a pill form it would perhaps be considered a ‘magic’ pill, worth billions.

The merits of exercise range from the prevention of chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis to boosting self confidence and self esteem.

What is even better is these benefits are right there for the taking, regardless of age, sex, physical ability, income or social status – everyone can exercise!

Some of the main benefits of regular physical activity include improved mood, chronic disease prevention, weight management, strengthening of your heart and lungs, better sleep, improved sex life and good old fashioned FUN!

We all know exercise is ‘good’ for us and we are ‘supposed’ to do it but many adults engage in little or no physical activity whatsoever and when you take a really hard look at all the amazing health benefits of exercise, how can you not make it part of your daily life?

Exercise is FREE, it is good for you and it simply improves your quality of life. Not everyone is a ‘gym rat’ and there are so many different ways you can fit exercise into your life. Whether you go for a sea swim, run a marathon, play a sport, practice yoga or pilates, work with a personal trainer or simply go for a beach walk, get moving!

With the incidence of chronic diseases such as obesity and type II Diabetes on the rise in adults and children, it is more important than ever to start incorporating physical activity into our daily lives. So start enjoying the benefits of the ‘magic pill’ called exercise and your body will thank you!

Deanna Smith is an Exercise Physiologist and Pilates Instructor at Energy and can be contacted at [email protected] or 949 6006

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