Why we exercise

Why we exercise

The Benefits of Exercise

We all have our own opinion on why we exercise and the benefits we get from exercise but what is really happening to our bodies and mindset when we choose to frequently exercise.

So What are the main Benefits?

😁 Supports and aids weight management

😄 Lowers blood Pressure and Improves Heart health

😄 Improve memory and brain functions

😄Protects against many chronic diseases such as: Type 2 Diabetes



Coronary Heart Disease


Cancers including Bowel cancer and Breast Cancer



Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, reducing the risks of stress, Clinical Depression and anxiety.

What happens to our body when we exercise?

When we exercise the body naturally produces hormones. These are 

  • Serotonin:- A hormone that helps stabilise moods, regulate feelings of well being and happiness, regulate anxiety, aids learning and control sleep.  
  • Endorphins:- These are the body’s natural painkillers. It is released in response to pain or stress, relieving pain and creates a general feeling of well-being.
  • Protein known as Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF):- Linked to regulate the development of neural cells involved with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

When you start to exercise you’ll feel more alert and energised due to the increase of heart rate, boosting overall flow and oxygen to the brain. This releases a special brain cell called Dopamine which is responsible for what is often referred to as “motivation”.

As we exercise regularly we cause muscle gain. Muscles contain Mitochondria and Mitochondria burns energy! Resulting in leaner bodies and fat mass loss. Mitochondria are parts of your cells that convert carbs, fats and proteins into fuel.

With more Mitochondria in your cells you will notice a change in your fitness. Here the increase in metabolism is even higher, using more energy to burn more calories.

We also increase our overall VO2 max- This is the measurement at which your body can transport oxygen to your muscles for fuel.

Regular exercise increases the size of your heart and strengthens it. Heart rate increases and pumps more blood then it normally would. The muscles in the heart strengthen reducing the risk of those cardiac diseases. 

 So to summarise any form of exercise done regularly will provide you with a happier, confident, stronger and more fulfilled life so keep it up! 😉

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