The benefits of exercise are not just physical

It is widely accepted that doing regular physical exercise can have many benefits for your physical wellbeing.  From helping you to reduce or control your weight, reducing your risk of developing diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers to strengthening your bones…regular exercise is definitely something we should all be aiming for.

We read an article recently that indicated that the benefits of regular physical exercise may not only be physical.  This may not come as a surprise to many people.  In fact a lot of our clients tell us that after they exercise they feel pumped for the rest of the day!  So, safe to say there are links between your mood and physical exercise.  

The study that this article discussed took it a step further than this though and found that there are “Nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia”.  One of the nine risk factors was physical activity or to be specific – the lack of physical activity.  According to the study not taking part in regular exercise can increase the risk of dementia by 3%.  The nine factors in total represents a 35% reduction in the risk of developing dementia.  The other 65% may be out of your control, but it is good to know that there may be something you can do to ward off this debilitating disease.