What Exercise Does To Your Body

by (Physiotherapist)

If I told you there was a pill that could improve your lifelong physical, emotional and mental state each day you took it, would you give it a chance?

Evidence from the past 20 years has been pointing to exercise and physical activity as the frontier of preventative medicine and considering the health benefits it has been proven to achieve, it’s really no wonder why.

A FEW BENEFITS OF EXERCISE:

  • Relief of stress & improved mood [6] [12]
  • Higher energy levels [9]
  • Reducing the risk of cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal disease/injury [1] [3]
  • Pain relief [4] [5] [13]
  • Weight loss [8] [10] [11]
  • Improved sleep [14]
  • Improved cognitive function and neural plasticity [2] [7]

A SCIENCE

Exercise isn’t just to make you feel like a guest star on Jane Fonda’s 1986 Jazzercise cassette *insert Jazz hands*. But, in all seriousness, exercise works at a cellular level [5] [6].

Exercise causes an increase in blood flow and our cells’ ability to nourish themselves while removing waste products. This increase in circulation and loading to the body helps with tissue repair, increases bone mineral density and releases endorphins, our feel-good hormones [6] [12].

‘EXERCISE IS MEDICINE’

Exercise may not look like a pill to swallow with water, but with regular activity it may be just as effective at alleviating or preventing many health issues altogether. Our bodies were made to move, to walk and run and jump, to interact and create and help. By giving this necessity to our body, we gift it with health. It’s more important now than ever with the circumstances at hand. Because Everybody Deserves To Feel Good.

Exercise is a supplement to a healthy diet and behaviours amongst other things. If you’re considering starting a new exercise program, we recommend you consult your healthcare practitioner first and communicate any questions or concerns you have.

Take care everyone,

Imone

REFERENCES

[1] Bean, J., Vora, A., & Frontera, W. (2004). Benefits of exercise for community-dwelling older adults. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 85(S3), 31-42.

[2] Chang, Y., Labban, J., Gapin, J., & Etnier, J. (2012). The effects of acute exercise on cognitive performance: A meta-analysis. Brain Research, 1453, 87-101.[3] Drenowatz, C., Sui, X., Fritz, S., Lavie, C., Beattie, P., Church, T., & Blair, S. (2015). The association between resistance exercise and cardiovascular disease risk in women. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 18(6), 632-636.

[4] Garshasbi, A., & Faghih Zadeh, S. (2005). The effect of exercise on the intensity of low back pain in pregnant women. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 88(3), 271-275.

[5] Geneen, L., Moore, R., Clarke, C., Martin, D., Colvin, L., & Smith, B. (2017). Physical activity and exercise for chronic pain in adults: An overview of Cochrane Reviews. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4(4), CD011279.

[6] Gielen, S., Schuler, G., & Adams, V. (2010). Cardiovascular Effects of Exercise Training: Molecular Mechanisms. Circulation, 122(12), 1221-1238.

[7] Hötting, K., & Röder, B. (2013). Beneficial effects of physical exercise on neuroplasticity and cognition. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 37(9), 2243-2257.

[8] Jakicic, Clark, Coleman, Donnelly, Foreyt, Melanson, . . . Volpe. (2001). Appropriate Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 33(12), 2145-2156.

[9] Loy, B., O’Connor, P., & Dishman, R. (2013). The effect of a single bout of exercise on energy and fatigue states: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 1(4), 223-242.

[10] Messier, S., Loeser, R., Mitchell, M., Valle, G., Morgan, T., Rejeski, W., & Ettinger, W. (2000). Exercise and Weight Loss in Obese Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Preliminary Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 48(9), 1062-1072.

[11] Miller, W.C., Koceja, D.M., & Hamilton, E.J. (1997). A meta-analysis of the past 25 years of weight loss research using diet, exercise or diet plus exercise intervention. International Journal of Obesity, 21(10), 941-947.

[12] Salmon, P. (2001). Effects of physical exercise on anxiety, depression, and sensitivity to stress: A unifying theory. Clinical Psychology Review, 21(1), 33-61.

[13] Rio, E., Kidgell, D., & Cook, J. (2014). 88 Exercise Reduces Pain Immediately And Affects Cortical Inhibition In Patellar Tendinopathy. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(Suppl 2), A57.2-A58.

[14] Youngstedt, S. (2005). Effects of Exercise on Sleep. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 24(2), 355-365.


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