Wikipedia defines exercise as any activity by the body that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
In today’s progressive society with public transport and cars to get us around, washing machines to remove the labour of hand washing, and daily housework much less of a chore than it was for previous generations, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that so many of us have become unfit and unhealthy.
We simply don’t “move” as much as our bodies need us to. A sedentary lifestyle in front of a pc or in front of the television in the evening in the evening has, for so many of us, become the “norm”.
The World Health Organisation in a study undertaken in 2011-12 stated that around 60% of Australian adults were classified as overweight or obese. In order to keep your body weight at a healthy level nutrition and exercise are necessary.
The numerous benefits to regular and repeated exercise include
- Increased Brain Function
- Increased blood flow through regular exercise has a profound effect on the brain.
- Exercise helps promote the growth of new brain cells, which in turn assist with memory and learning.
- Reduced Stress -As we all face modern day stress, working up a sweat can help us cope with life’s daily physical and mental stress by releasing endorphins into our bodies, promoting an overall feeling of wellbeing.
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease – While exercising your heart rate is elevated which in turns supplies more oxygenated blood to the muscles in your body. Naturally the fitter you are the more efficiently your heart works, resulting in a drop in blood pressure.
- Strengthens Bones and Muscles – Weight-bearing exercise is an effective remedy against osteoporosis, which can potentially become an issue as the body ages.
- strengthen the Immune System – Strengthens the body’s immunity to illnesses and assists in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Medical studies have shown that people who perform exercise on a regular basis have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
Aerobic exercise or cardiovascular exercise is exercise that improves oxygen consumption by the body. Generally aerobic exercise is performed at a low level of intensity but for a long period of time.
Benefits of Aerobic Exercise
Improvement in muscle strength – Any type of aerobic exercise will stimulate growth of capillaries in your muscles, which means oxygen is efficiently delivered to your muscles, improving overall circulation and assisting in the reduction of blood pressure and lactic acid build up from the muscles.
Increase in Weight Loss –Aerobic exercise together with a healthy diet and strength training can assist the body with weight loss.
Strong Heart –when undertaking regular aerobic exercise the muscle of the heart is enlarged and strengthened which improves its ability to pump blood reducing your resting heart rate.
Increase of Red Blood Cells – Regular aerobic exercise helps facilitate the transport of oxygen throughout the body, which in turns assist in the removal of toxins from the body.
Combat Disease – regular aerobic reduces susceptibility to conditions such as high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and more. Aerobic exercise such as swimming or walking can also help prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.
Strengthen your Immune System – Regular aerobic exercise strengthens a person’s immune system making it far easier to stave off the common cold and other general infections.
Improved mental health –endorphins are released when we perform regular aerobic exercise and act as the body’s natural painkillers, and are also responsible for reducing anxiety and stress.
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Anaerobic exercise is high intensity; short lasting activity that relies on energy sources stored in the muscles and unlike aerobic exercise, is not dependent on oxygen.
Examples of anaerobic exercise include:
- Circuit training
- Weight lifting
- Interval training
- Skipping rope
- Hill climbing
Anaerobic exercise, whilst it doesn’t burn as much fat as aerobic exercise, actually facilitates the burning of more calories when the body is in a resting state.
Anaerobic exercise helps you develop stronger muscles and improves your cardio-respiratory fitness by providing a temporary shortage of oxygen being delivered to the muscles.
Lactic acid gathers at high levels in the blood, and causes muscles to fatigue quickly so anaerobic exercise cannot be sustained for very long.
Incorporating healthy eating habits with both aerobic and anaerobic exercise brings faster results.
Circuit training is an excellent anaerobic exercise that entails moving from one exercise to the next without any rest in between, it keeps your heart rate elevated, improves cardiorespiratory endurance.
With benefits this far reaching, it’s vital that exercise becomes an integral part of your life! I will develop an exercise program for you based on your fitness goals and tailored to your current fitness level.
All programs are designed with care, and you will be guided through your program cautiously. My ultimate goal is help you obtain your fitness goal whatever that may be! Want to lose weight? Want to do the Kokoda trail? Perhaps you want to go bike riding with the family on the weekend? Whatever it is, Louise Roche will help you achieve it.