39 Benefits of Exercise




Physical Fitness...


1. Increase muscle strength


2. Improve muscular endurance


3. Improve cardiovascular capacity


4. Feel generally more energetic as everyday tasks become more & more simple


5. Increase muscle mass (helps to improve metabolic health)


6. Improve blood flow to muscles


7. Increase your flexibility


8. Improve overall body composition



General Health...


9. Reduce excess stored body fat


10. Increase strength of your heart muscle


11. Improve your cholesterol profile


12. Increase insulin sensitivity (helps to improve metabolic health by helping muscles better process glucose)


13. Help to reduce your blood pressure


14. Reduce your risk of heart disease


15. Reduce your risk of diabetes


16. Reduce your risk of some cancers


17. Reduce your risk of stroke


18. Reduce your risk of osteoporosis


19. Improve posture (reduced risk of injury and improved aesthetics)


20. Helps to reduce cravings in people who are trying to stop smoking


21. You will be more likely to adopt, and adhere to, a healthier diet when exercising regularly


22. Important for healthy ageing; bone strength, muscle strength, balance etc


23. Will improve your ability, and enjoyment of most sports


24. Reduce inflammation (as long as you remember to schedule rest days!)


25. Increase your overall life expectancy!


26. Increase the 'strength'/resilience of your immune system



Mental Health...


27. Increase self-confidence


28. Body-confidence ("more attractive!")


29. Reduce anxiety


30. Reduce depressive symptoms


31. Enjoy the post-workout "endorphin-rush"!


32. Improve your focus and productivity


33. Reduce your stress levels... and increase your ability to handle unavoidable stress when it does occur


34. Exercise provides opportunities to be social (group exercise, gym etc)


35. Exercise encourages the setting of goals/challenges, and the gradual achievement of them, providing an added sense of purpose and achievement.


36. Increases, or maintains a healthy sex drive!


37. Improve your sleep (quality and quantity)


38. You can use exercise for 'me time'; opportunity to meditate, "switch-off" from daily stress, listen to music etc


39. Trains you to become/remain disciplined