Different exercises and their health benefits

We all know exercise is great for our health and our heart. However different exercises have different benefits on other parts of the body like muscles, the lungs and the mind.

Running

  • Running promotes clearer thinking, less stress and better partners, as there is increased blood flow to the brain
  • Cardiovascular exercise, running really gets the heart beatingrunning-exercises-health
  • It’s high impact so burns a lot of calories
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Promotes weight loss and lean muscle production

Tennis

  • Tennis helps co-ordination and foresight as tennis is tactical and based on physics, this creates new connections in the brain when anticipating where the ball will go
  • Higher self-esteem and optimism
  • Great for arms, legs, core and shoulders as you are constantly moving and stretching.

Dance

  • Dance uilds muscle, promotes weight loss
  • Provides opportunity to meet new people
  • Better understanding of your body and co-ordination
  • It’s a creative outlet as well as sport
  • Increases flexibility, reduces muscles aches and increases confidence

Swimming

  • Both cardio and strength training so is great for building muscle and burning fat
  • It’s low impact so it’s ideal for people with joint and muscle pain and injuries
  • It’s great for exercise recovery days after high impact sports swimming-exercises
  • Great for the lungs as lungs become stronger when oxygen is at a premium during swimming. This leads to better resting heart rate and lowers cholesterol as more air gets into the lungs when resting. This is called tidal volume
  • Glutes, hamstrings, core and shoulders are strengthened with swimming

Weight Lifting

  • Improves bone density which can lessen risk of bone diseases
  • Promotes lean muscle mass production
  • Improves your ability to do everyday tasks; you can work harder and longer
  • Gain body confidence as you notice your changing body. This leads to better self-esteem

Yoga

  • Better breathing is prompted during yoga, leading to less stress and more oxygen reaching the brain and organs
  • Balance and co-ordination are improved as yoga uses a lot of concentration
  • Lean muscle mass is promoted
  • Increased flexibility and protection from muscle injury
  • Improved energy and vitality

Whatever sport you choose for exercise, or if you choose a mixture of exercises, make sure to have fun, stay hydrated and eat a complex carb and high protein meal afterwards. If you are in pain or unsure if you are ready, then see your GP first.

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