Well after months of hard work by one local videographer, I am pleased to announce the launch of the promotional videos of my local athletics club, Ayr Seaforth. I am extremely happy to have been allowed to sponsor this video, as I am a firm believer of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, and this club has a very good reputation locally for bringing on young athletes and promoting a sense of belonging between the members.
So what are the Health Benefits of Physical Exercise?
- Running Makes You Happier: Exercise releases the bodies own “happy” chemicals, endorphins, even after a reasonably short burst of activity. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in 2006, showed that even 30 minutes on a treadmill was enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive disorder. Physical activity is an alternative to anti-depressants for treating depression, according to a study in May 2013, in the same journal.
- Running Gives You Better Body Shape: Running will give you a more defined body, as any excess body fat is developed into muscle. When you exercise, you will burn more calories than when you are sedentary, and this continues for quite a while after you stop, the length of time dependant on activity. Prof Greg Whyte OBE recommends short sharp bursts of activity throughout the day, rather than 1 long session, such as an hour at the gym. Activity above exercise. Doing a 1 hour workout and then sitting down for the other 23 hours is not the way to do it, so incorporate star jumps or skipping into your day. get up from your seat every 20-30 minutes and do some on the spot jogging. Stop right NOW and JUST DO IT! Post in the comments below what you did and how it made you feel please.
- Running Will Keep You More Mentally Alert: Regular exercise helps defeat mental decline associated with age. A study in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review published in Dec 2012 came to the conclusion that regular exercise helps with particular functions such as task switching, selective attention and working memory. Fitter elderly people scored better that their unfit peers. 1 amazing benefit noted in stroke victims was an increase by 50% in memory, language, thinking and judgement
- Running Reduces Your Risk of Developing Certain Cancers: Epidemiological studies in the Journal of Nutrition showed that regular exercise is associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, and can help people diagnosed with cancer to cope with treatment, when they feel able.
- Physical Activity Prolongs Your Life. Just 30 minutes, 5 times a week increase your life span, but if you read point 2 you will know that short sharp bursts are better than longer periods. Even smokers can add years to their lives by doing some form of regular exercise. Cancer survivors increased their life expectancy by 5.3 years. Now isn’t that worth knowing?
- Running Strengthens Your Bones: Any weight-bearing activity strengthens your bones, and is better for you in preventing osteoporosis that drinking a pint of milk a day. Weight-bearing exercise increases bone mass and has the added bonus of stemming the age-related bone loss. Science has proven that the old adage “running is bad for your knees” is just not true. According to Boston University, the opposite is true and it improves knee health, probably due to the increase in muscle strength to the muscles that are attached by tendons, around the knee-joint. What they may experience more, is damage to the soft tissue, in the tendons or the ligaments, which is why I recommend a collagen supplement for those people who come to me for treatment, who are keen runners.
So now that the Spring weather is here, with the clocks Springing forward this weekend, can I encourage you to increase your physical activity. I would love to know how you are getting on, and how you are feeling.
Blessings Have a Lovely Easter
Joy, Leader of #TeamJoy