Studies have shown that those who can exercise their bodies regularly have lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure. A little exercise keeps the joints more flexible and helps us fight off infections by boosting our body’s own immune system. Burning a few more calories each day through movement helps to control weight gain and improve muscle mass and by moving, we actually feel more energetic. Taking a few minutes to move more regularly can also support improved digestion and boost memory and concentration levels. So the benefits of exercise extend to improved mental health and general well-being, as well as all the great things it does for us physically.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean checking in to a local gym or pounding the pavement jogging for hours on end. Indeed, as we age or become less mobile, embarking on strenuous exercise is neither realistic or advisable. Experts say that even the most immobile of us, can benefit from a few daily gentle arm stretches or basic leg lifts even from the comfort of our armchair!
Feeling inspired? The key to starting any form of new exercise is to first seek medical advice on the best level of exercise programme to suit your personal circumstances and ability, and build up your movement levels slowly. So whether your goal today is a short walk in the garden, or to complete a few arm stretches or ankle turns from your chair, good luck and well done for getting started!
For more information on the benefits of exercise, please go to https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/exercise-health-benefits/