There are many evidenced benefits of exercise spanning from reduced risk of major illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease to improved mood and sleep quality.
Sustained physical activity can decrease your risk of a remarkable amount of physical and mental health conditions. For example, regular physical activity reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease by 30%, type 2 diabetes by up to 40% and hip fractures by up to 68%.
Regular exercise also impacts your mood and cognition by stimulating your brain to release chemicals, such as the mood-elevating neurotransmitter serotonin. The speed at which you fall asleep and the quality of your sleep are also improved by daily exercise, which will raise your mood and concentration levels for the next day.
Our modern lives have become more and more sedentary with the use of cars for short journeys, manual labour being replaced by machines and sitting in front of the TV. Therefore, sustainable exercise is an increasingly important part of our routine. 25% of England’s population do less than 4 minutes of moderate exercise every day. If they would increase this by a daily 10 minutes, their life expectancy would increase by a shocking 2-3 years.