Why Exercise Helps!

The Health Benefits of Exercise

Studies show that regular physical activity:

Exercise improves your chances of living longer- improves quality of life - reduces the risk of heart disease- helps lower high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol - helps protect you from developing certain cancers- helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) - reduces the risk of arthritis and alleviates associated symptoms - helps prevent osteoporosis (gradual loss of bone mass/strength)- improves mobility and strength in later life - alleviates symptoms of depression and anxiety - benefits weight reduction and weight management

What is the Healthiest Type of Exercise?

Different types of exercise offer different benefits. Aerobic or cardio workouts primarily improve the cardiovascular system (heart, lungs), while weight-training or strength-training improves muscular strength and flexibility or stretching exercises improve overall mobility and coordination.

What is Metabolism?

From the viewpoint of diet and weight loss, metabolism is the process whereby the body converts food into energy (or uses it for bodily repairs) or stores it as fat for future use. In simple terms, if we have a faster metabolism we burn calories more efficiently and store less fat. If we have a slower metabolism we burn calories less efficiently and therefore store more calories as fat.

Our Basal Metabolic Rate (or Resting Metabolic Rate) is the number of calories we need to burn in order to fuel essential bodily processes and keep our organs and tissues in working order. Typically, this accounts for 60 per cent of all calories consumed. The heavier the person, the more calories he/she needs to fuel these essential processes.
All other calories are used to meet our additional energy needs based on our level of physical activity.

How to Raise Metabolism 

1. Take regular exercise - This should be aerobic exercise that makes you breathe more heavily. Exercises that build muscle are also useful.
2. Eat Breakfast and Eat Regularly - To benefit from the Thermal Effect of food and ensure that your body burns calories willingly, eat breakfast and then eat regularly throughout the day.
3. Eat a Balanced Diet -This helps to maintain a good supply of nutrients which in turn keeps your metabolism working smoothly.