If I’m going to talk about the benefits of exercising, the first thing that comes to mind is from none other than the illustrious Elle Woods, when she said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
Certainly, one of the greats. Side note: If you’re Googling Elle Woods right now, I’m sorry but we can no longer be friends!!
So yes, we have established that one of the key benefits to exercise is certainly that it increases your endorphin levels. But what else?
Well, this is where Zap Fitness PT Sarah Bensen comes in.
Rewind the clock five years, when Sarah decided to begin her own body transformation. Losing 20 kilograms and establishing a love for health and fitness, Sarah is now a qualified PT who simply wants to help others achieve their goals through a balance of nutrition and movement.
With that in mind, I know that Sarah’s firsthand experience with the benefits of exercise go far beyond her being just a trainer…she’s has in fact walked the walk!
According to Sarah, “Beyond the obvious aesthetics and weight loss benefits to exercise, there’s the feel-good factor too. Some of the most immediate benefits of exercise include a boost in your mood, lower blood pressure, a better nights’ sleep and clearer mind.”
“I also find that when you feel physical strong it improves your self-esteem and builds confidence. You can often see this renewed confidence overflow into other aspects of life.” adds Sarah.
In the long term, the benefits to exercise really start to stack up, as Sarah explains, “Over the course of your life, an active person will reduce their chances of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease as well as anxiety and depression. Your bones will be stronger, your body more flexible and your balance better. This is the kind of thing that will keep you ending up in hospital after a fall.”
So how much exercise would you suggest?
“I like to suggest to my clients a balance of 3-4 weight training sessions per week with a HIIT class thrown in. Of course, a beginner may want to gradually build up to this. Even walking 30 minutes a day will deliver some benefits.” Says Sarah.
Here’s to life being more enjoyable…after we hit the gym!
— Prue Houston