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Benefits of Exercise

There is much evidence available from research that shows the importance of exercise in improving the mind, as well as the body.

Improving general fitness not only increases suppleness, strength and stamina, but as recent papers suggest, vigorous exercise precipitates the production of certain bio-chemicals called endorphins. These can help to stress-proof a person, improving his psychological health, as well as his physical health. It is also felt that people who over exercise could become "addicted to these chemicals," so again a balance is to be looked for. The recommended exercise depends on the individual and his daily activities. If someone is inactive, physically seated at an office desk most of the day, then an exercise programme involving movement to improve suppleness, strength and stamina may be called for, such as cycling, swimming, racket sports, etc.

There are certain important points to remember.

Anyone considering an exercise programme should begin gradually.

If you are over age 35 years and not used to exercising, check first with your doctor.

Choose an exercise that you enjoy and makes you feel good.
Do it regularly 2 - 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes.

Aerobic exercises are felt to be of most benefit in reducing stress. The individualís heart rate and respiration rates are sustained at a high level for 20-30 minutes. Exercises like jogging, brisk walking, aerobic dancing, swimming and racket games are all examples.

This type of exercise also raises our metabolic rate, using more calories and helping to achieve weight reduction.

Leisure pursuits, hobbies and activities such as gardening, sewing, listening to music, fishing, a warm bath, are very useful ways of easing the tensions of the day, and help to balance other more energetic activities.

Exercise Reduces Stress

  • Muscular relaxation and exercise reduces muscle tension. It uses up the energy released by the "fight or flight" response.

  • Prolonged aerobic exercise causes production of endorphin which produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation.

  • Exercise improves and maintains good circulation and lowers blood pressure.

  • Exercise may help to clear the mind of worrying thoughts and anxieties and can encourage more creativity and problem solving.

  • Exercise improves self image, appearance and helps to control weight.

  • Exercise may result in increased social contact and also provide a balance with other activities, e.g. work/school home and family responsibilities.

Anxiety Sleeping Breathing Tension Relaxation Eating Causes Exercise