10 Benefits of Exercise

Updated: May 3, 2021

three woman sharing a laugh and a joke after exercise

If you decide to implement an exercise regime as part of a move towards a healthier lifestyle, you stand a statistically greater chance of pocketing the following benefits:

o Weight control
o Improved body composition
o Protection against coronary heart disease (CHD)
o Improved cardio-respiratory performance
o Protection against stroke
o Improved immune function
o Decreased depression
o Reduced anxiety
o Stress reduction
o Promotes a positive attitude
o Enforces self-efficacy
o Improves self-confidence and self-body image

Wow! What a singularly impressive list of health and fitness benefits. Makes me want to slip on a pair of sneeks and go out for a five-mile run followed by a set of 500 kettlebell swings. To think, each mile, each set of ten swings could be boosting my immune system and protecting me against heart disease!

But that list is just the tip of the iceberg of health and fitness benefits regular exercise confers. In this article we will delve deeper into 10 of the associative health and fitness benefits of exercise. Each overview includes, where applicable, supporting links to contemporary research while also briefly outlining alternative lifestyle interventions.

The article concludes with an exercise action plan which aims to provide you with a range of implementable methods of including more exercise into your life.

The benefits of focus include:

1: Decrease risk of obesity
2: Decrease risk of developing many different types of cancer
3: Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes