The Exercise Challenge!

The Excercise Challenge

For some people, when they hear exercise they automatically groan, turn their face away or switch off completely. I have heard so many excuses for not exercising, including those that I make myself.

o “I’m too tired”

o “It’s too cold”

o “I’ll do it tomorrow”

o “There just isn’t enough time”

So is exercise really as important as everyone is making it out to be? Let’s look at some benefits to exercising before we make a judgement.

It is medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

* up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

* up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

* up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer

* up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer

* a 30% lower risk of early death

* up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis

* up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture

* a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)

* up to a 30% lower risk of depression

* up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Exercise isn’t only for those who are good at sports, but it is for those who would like to live longer and have a healthier life.

Are you still not convinced that exercise isn’t important for you? Here are a few more benefits

* Control weight – the metabolic rate increases, burning more calories even at rest!

* Increase lung capacity and recharge oxygen supply

* Improve blood pressure, circulation, and strengthen your heart

* Lower cholesterol and improve blood flow in the arteries – it can even help reverse arteriosclerosis!

* Relieve stress, tension, depression, and improve sleep naturally – without a pill!

* Promote the body’s ability to get rid of toxic wastes.

* Improve metabolism – stabilizes blood sugar.

* Strengthen the bones and counteract osteoporosis

* Increase physical strength and tone of muscles by improving oxygen utilization.

* Improve posture and decrease back problems

* Prevent the big C word – CANCER

What is the best exercise to do?

If you haven’t done exercise just start with walking… It is free, simple, not too strenuous or competitive.

Walk for a minimum of 30 – 60 minutes a day. Start of small and gradually start walking further and further.

Pick back up that sport you used to play in school or your favourite sport. Get back into the swing of things, schedule in time to play your sport or exercise.


So this is my challenge to you. Start exercising today and keep at it for a minimum of 1 month!

You’re not on your own. I have decided to start playing netball again after 7 YEARS!!! I will let you know how I get on, but please comment and let me know how you do with the Exercise Challenge! Let me know what sport you picked up again, or what exercise dvd or walking regime you are doing. Keep me posted. And don’t forget God wants the best for us and our body is His temple. It is our responsibility to do what we can to keep it in tip top shape.

Have a great day!

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Reference NHS and the NewStart Lifestyle Club