3 Reasons You Should Exercise (besides Weight Loss)

We all know that regular exercise is vital part of your weight loss program – quite simply, exercise just helps your body to ‘burn up’ those extra calories quicker and helps to improve your metabolism.  However, this is not the only reason you should be incorporating exercise into your daily routine – read on below to find out more as to why exercise is so important for your health.

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Stress:  Exercise has long been prescribed as a way to ‘let off steam’ and relax.  It’s even recommended as a way to counteract depression.  Basically, exercise helps to keep the brain occupied and keeps the stress-response hormone cortisol in check which can lower the symptoms for anxiety.   Not only that, when you exercise for a prolonged period, your brain produces a hormone-like substance called ‘endorphins’.  Endorphins are a ‘feel good’ chemical that can help to calm stress and make you feel happier.

Fatigue:  It may sound counterintuitive, but working out can actually make you less tired than no exercise. A study conducted by the University of Georgia, USA, showed that sedentary people could lower their fatigue by 65% if they started engaging in regular low intensity exercise.  This is a much-better remedy for tiredness than having energy drinks, which are a quick-fix, full of sugar and expensive.

Cardiovascular disease:  Heart disease is still the biggest killer in our society today but getting regular exercise can help you to lower your risk of becoming a statistic.  In 2012, researchers found that people who undertook in moderate intensity exercise like brisk walking (i.e. where the heart rate rises at least 50% from its resting level) significantly reduce their chances of developing heart disease and diabetes. The effect might be related to exercise’s benefits on lowering inflammation in the body and ‘strengthening’ the heart.  

The Natural Way has their own Walking Program which can help you get on the road becoming a regular exerciser once again.  However, if you want to lose weight, but not quite ready to hit the pavement yet, we can help you too.  We tailor our program to suit your needs so if exercise isn’t high on your priority list right now, we can help you to lose weight and introduce exercise when YOU are ready.

With Christmas just around the corner, you can still lose weight before the big day, and then start 2015 feeling healthier and happier.  Book your FREE appointment on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) to find out about our program – we know that you will love what we can do for your body.

Visit our website: www.thenaturalway.com.au


About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way.
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