- Helps with healthy body composition. Cardiovascular exercise helps your body burn calories. In fact, it burns more calories per unit of body weight than any other form of exercise. As a result, it helps to keep excess body fat down and to maintain an optimum healthy body fat.
- Elevates mood and relieves depression. Exercise produces endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones. Studies have shown regular physical activity can be more effective at treating depression than medication.
- Boosts your metabolism. As we get older, we naturally lose muscle mass. Regular cardiovascular exercise can help to maintain vital muscle mass as well as burning body fat, so that we maintain a healthy body composition.
- Can alleviate PMS and period pain. While there is only anecdotal evidence, many women report decreased PMS and more regular periods.
- Boosts energy. As your cardiovascular fitness improves, your heart has to work less hard to do the same activities. You have a lot more energy and life becomes more enjoyable as everyday activities like climbing the stairs or running after your children becomes easier.
- Reduces stress. Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to dissipate levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body… so don’t reach for the caffeine or bottle of wine without moving your body first!
- Keeps you young. What better reason to exercise? Regular cardiovascular exercise staves off some of the effects of ageing, such as weight gain and muscle loss, and studies have shown that regular exercisers have a better memory. Keeping young does not only benefit yourself, but also your whole family and your ability to look after them.
- Reduces risk of heart disease. Cardiovascular stamina strengthens the cardio-respiratory system of the heart and lungs, reducing blood pressure and improving your body’s ability to transport blood fats. So taking regular cardiovascular exercise can be one of the most important personal investments you can make.
Strength training benefits
- Improved strength and power. Improvements in strength and power have a direct impact on the quality of our day-to-day living. Studies have shown that men and women who undertake strength training are able to walk more quickly and for longer.
- Increased bone strength. Improvements in bone density reduce the incidence of osteoporosis. And the sooner you start bone loading, the greater the protective effect.
- Increased lean body mass. An increased lean muscle mass will boost your metabolic rate, This means you will be burning more calories in your sleep.
- Increased functional fitness. Everyday activities can be performed with greater ease.
- Improved glucose tolerance. Studies have shown that decreased abdominal obesity, brought about by strength training, improves glucose intolerance, reducing the risk of late onset diabetes.
- Improved balance and walking gait. Increased muscle strength around the hip and knee joints improves balance and reduces the risk of falls.