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The Importance of Exercise

Increasingly, there is less and less physical activity in our daily lives. We have domestic appliances for everything, cars to get us around and with the decline in manual labour many of us spend our working day sitting at desks.

Exercise is important to help keep our body healthy and tissues and organs working properly. In addition to keeping our bodies in good working order, exercise also helps ward off many diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and many others.

National health organisations recommend that you do moderately intense physical activity for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Doing more vigorous exercise is also encouraged and maintaining a ‘keep fit’ life style, doesn’t have to mean slogging it out in a sweaty gym.

Some people hold back from getting fit because they feel self-conscious about their ability or body and want to find an activity they can do on their own, but organised classes can provide you with support and motivation, as well as a chance to make new friends.

Here are some reasons why you should exercise more:

  • It will improve your Mood and Energy Levels
    Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Being more active will also allow more oxygen to reach your muscles, brain and blood stream more efficiently, helping you feel more awake and alert.
  • It Can Help With Weight Loss
    Exercise is crucial to supporting a fast metabolism and burning more calories per day. It also helps you maintain your muscle mass and weight loss.
  • It Is Good for Your Muscles and Bones
    As people age, they tend to lose muscle mass and function, which can lead to injuries and disabilities. Practicing regular physical activity is essential to reducing muscle loss and maintaining strength as you age.
  • It Can Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Disease
    Lack of regular physical activity is a primary cause of chronic disease. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
  • It Can Help Skin Health
    Moderate exercise can provide antioxidant protection and promote blood flow, which can protect your skin and delay signs of aging.
  • It Can Help With Relaxation and Sleep Quality
    In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise also can help you increase the length of your nightly rest. Being physically active requires you to expend energy, and helps you feel more tired and ready to rest at the end of the day.
  • It Can Reduce Pain
    Several studies show that exercise can help control pain that’s associated with various health conditions, including chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia and chronic soft tissue shoulder disorder, to name a few.

The Bottom Line is that exercise can and will benefit you in almost every aspect of your life from the inside out.

Also, if you pair regular exercise with a well-balanced diet, you’ll notice immediate changes in mood and energy levels. More importantly, combining eating well and exercising more will improve your health and extend your lifespan.

So, if you’ve been putting off taking some regular exercise Now is the time to take action, and what’s better Earthlife is right on your doorstep; requires no joining or annual membership fee and classes are run with a maximum of 9 people! Check our class schedule for a class to suit you; with Pilates, Yoga and Stretch, as well as Pre- and Post Natal classes available. Classes are very popular, so be quick to book your space.  Contact Earthlife on 020 8940 0888 or email