When your physiotherapist suggests that some exercise would be good for you, have you ever stopped to consider why?

CONSIDER NO LONGER. Listed below are some of the many benefits gained by some regular exercise. If you are unsure as to how to start or what to do, your physiotherapist can help advise you.

50 Reasons to Exercise:

1. Reduces your risk of getting Heart Disease.

2. Reduces your risk of developing hypertension and help controls the blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.

3. Helps in weight reduction.

4. Increases circulating levels of 'good' cholesterol.

5. Includes the likelhood of survival of myocardical infarction (Heart Attack).

6. Improves the circulation of your heart.

7. Reduces the circulating levels of triglycerides in your blood.

8. Helps to alleviate lower back pain.

9. Helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

10. Helps to reduce the risk of longterm obesity.

11. Reduces medical and health care expenses.

12. Helps maintain weight loss, unlike dieting alone.

13. Increases muscle strength.

14. Increases your ability to recover from physical activity.

15. Lowers your heartrate in response to submaximal activity.

16. Increases the breaking density of ligaments and tendons.

17. Can help relieve the pain from tension headaches.

18. Helps reduce and prevent the immediate symptoms of menopause.

19. Assists in efforts to stop smoking.

20. Helps to combat substance abuse.

21. Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.

22. Helps relieve constipation.

23. Reduces the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

24. Helps preserve lean body tissue (particularly important for older people).

25. Improves mental cognition in older people.

26. Improves balance and coordination.

27. Helps retard bone loss as you age.

28. Helps older people maintain an independent lifestyle.

29. Slows the rate of joint degeneration in people with osteoarthritis.

30. Maintains or improves joint flexibility.

31. Improves pain intolerance and mood in those who suffer from osteoarthritis.

32. Helps to resist upper respiratory tract infections.

33. Helps improve respiratory muscle strength and endurance which is especially important for asthmatics.

34. Helps to boost creativity.

35. Improves your decision making abilities.

36. In kids, it increases the density of breaking strength of bones.

37. Helps to decrease many of the common discomforts of pregnancy.

38. Reduces the risk of endometriosis.

39. Reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer.

40. Reduces the risk of developing breast cancer.

41. Helps speed up recovery from chemotherapy.

42. Helps to increase the tissue responses in insulin, for better control of blood sugar in diabetes.

43. Enhances sexual functions.

44. Helps you to more effectively manage stress.

45. Reduces anxiety levels.

46. Helps alleviate depression.

47. Improves your mood.

48. Improves the function of your immune system.

49. Gives you more energy to meet the demands of daily life.

50. Improves your overall quality of life.

So get up and get active! It doesnt have to be hard, walking is great! Try to get to the stage you are a bit puffed but can still hold a conversation, and if you can do more than that, then that is fantastic! Its a great time to get outdoors and make the most of the longer days heading into summer.

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