What makes YOU exercise? (Other than your trainer)

We all know that exercise is good for us. Some of us exercise for particular reasons and to get certain benefits over others. Whilst some of us exercise with goals in mind like running a half marathon or just being able to pick up our grandkids. Or it might just be that this our time for ourselves each week. Whatever the reason you exercise, and whatever form of exercise you do, for whatever amount of time you do it for; I pat you on the back for the fact that you do it!

The World Health Organisation has released some fresh data last week showing almost one third (30.4%) of Australians aren’t getting enough exercise. Out of 168 countries, we ranked 97th for the % of population being sufficiently active. Which is scary considering physical inactivity is so highly associated with chronic health problems.

Just one type of exercise we do: Resistance Training (aka strength training or weight training)

This is what most clients at iNform typically spend the majority of their session doing. It can look like anything from body weighted strength, focusing on alignment and control, to lifting very heavy weights only a handful of times. The person that hasn’t broken a sweat all session, and the person that is drenched in sweat at the end of the session – have both engaged in strength training. It looks completely different for everyone. That’s the beautiful thing about strength training, it can be adapted and individualised just for you and your body’s specific needs.

For those who are reading this that are regulars at iNform, you will know better than anyone the effects that training with us has. Hopefully from brightening your mood and giving you a giggle, to helping increase your body awareness, getting you stronger and facilitating better movement throughout life’s activities. But for those who maybe don’t know all of the amazing benefits that strength training alone can have on your body; I have made a nerdy little list below. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family members who maybe aren’t quite convinced on exercise, there’s something in here for everyone!

Your 30 minute session at iNform…

Mentally

  • Improve focus
  • Improve cognitive function
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Decrease depressive symptoms
  • Improve feelings of well-being
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Decreases risk of dementia

Metabolically

  • Decrease markers of inflammation (particularly in people who are overweight)
  • Decrease cholesterol
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Improve insulin-swings for those with type 2 diabetes
  • Improves insulin-sensitivity
  • Boosts metabolic rate
  • Reverse ageing factors in mitochondria and muscles

Musculoskeletally

  • Increases bone mineral density (and prevents bone loss)
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Improves movement control
  • Reduces chronic lower back pain
  • Reduces arthritic pain
  • Reduces pain from fibromyalgia

Functionally

And I guarantee I have left some benefits out.

How can you get all these benefits, plus more? (we didn’t even look at the benefits of aerobic exercise!)

If you would like to start getting more out of your resistance training sessions, or if you’re wanting to start resistance training but you have some niggles that bother you, I recommend getting in touch with one of our amazing movement specialists who can help find the right exercises for you!

If you would like more information on particular benefits and which study I sourced it from, feel free to email me at: [email protected]

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