Benefits of Exercise
“Wellness – Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”. National Wellness Institute.
There are certainly no shortage of exercise induced benefits. Improved strength, stamina, energy, balance, happiness, cognition or weight-loss not only reduces injury rates but are also necessary prerequisites for successful independent survival. Just as plants gravitate towards the sun through phototropism, humans use movement to survive. Like flight, in the form of rapid escape from danger or an involuntary jump when startled, or the fight to see off someone or something that would do you harm, these mechanisms exist so we can protect ourselves. Wellness is an essential part of our evolution.
But it’s not just achieving wellness that we need to work on, we need to work on sustaining it too.
Statistics show that in the fight to prevent chronic illness, engaging in exercise could reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 75%, cardiovascular disease by 49%, diabetes by 35% and colorectal cancer by 22%. BIG benefits.
Clearly attaining and maintaining fitness is a powerful reason for taking exercise. Fitness that fights disease.
Increasing your physical activity keeps you younger too. Less active people were shown to add at least twice as much weight as they age compared to those who are more active.
There is all increasing evidence suggesting exercise plays a vital role in reducing back pain symptoms. Evidence so persuasive that I often prescribe it during my osteopathy consultations.
Prescriptions in the form of bespoke online personal training programme plans. Fitness programmes that comes under three categories:
Weight Loss/Fat Loss
Because just focusing on losing weight can result in unhealthy habits, in the healthcare industry we tend to use the term ‘fat percentage loss’. Weight loss can occur but it’s not necessarily the objective as losing muscle or water weight may not be healthy – it’s the fat that we’re looking to get rid of.
The fat loss programme starts with a one to one meeting or telephone call with the clinic’s principle physician. Together you will formulate a plan based on:
• Up to 5 SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time specific).
• Any preferences
• Exercise enjoyment list
• How many days per week you can exercise on
• Diet plan based on the most up to date research
• Initial assessment and reassessment outcome measures
They say forming a habit takes 66 days to form a habit. Little wonder then that so many people get out of the routine of exercising before the habit is formed.
What can we do to make sure your good habits become engrained? What can we help you do so that all the quick wins turn into better health over the long term?
Our affordable online training guarantees top quality Master’s level wellness support plus the freedom and flexibility to train on your own terms.
Fantastic improvements with none of the negatives; the inconsistent trainer quality, confidence issues and expense sometimes associated with offline training.
If you’ve ever suffered an injury, a sporting injury perhaps or an accident at work you’ll know only too well that injury rehabilitation can be a frustrating process. Dealing with pain, the prognosis, finding the right therapist, trusting the information and finally getting back to full function can be a tough and lengthy journey.
And often people get incorrect help, bad advice and misguided treatment that not only increases the length of treatment but significantly increases the chances of the injury reoccurring and you suffering even more serious damage.
One of the main issues also is that once the pain has gone most patients believe their treatment is over, that the injury has run its course. It’s a simple misunderstanding that may go to explain the high number of relapses us therapists see.
Afterall, once treated by a therapist your body needs to mould and adapt through strengthening exercises. For example, if you’ve ever gone from bad to good posture and tried to maintain your new improved body position, you’ll realise you just naturally fall back into the same position within ten minutes. Why? Because the body needs a lot more convincing than just conscious effort. Naturally lazy the body wants to revert to what it knows best – the bad old ways, the bad old posture. That’s why reshaping through the correct strengthening exercise is important, These exercises establish new habits, good habits that increase the long term benefits of the treatment.
Some injuries don’t require manual therapy at all to heal. For example, tendon strains (a keen interest of mine). All that matters is the initial diagnosis and the final discharge session. Why pay for therapy that you don’t need?
Every watch a sporting event and seen someone rupture a tendon? As I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a horrid sight and something no one would like to see, let alone suffer. The thing is it’s completely avoidable.
Because tendons are non-contractile tissue, they don’t adapt as well when put under sudden strain (plyometrics training). When identified as a pain source they can be trained to adapt correctly which avoids the potential for tearing.
Play at a competitive level? Want to push yourself further? Looking to make the very most of your sporting potential?
We’ve had lots of success helping sportspeople across football, badminton, cycling, rugby and cricket to be the very best they can be. By identifying aspects of their performance that might be improved we’ve created specially adapted training routines that focus on:
• Cardio – for short bursts like a bowler or a full 90 minute game in centre midfield.
• Strength – forward in rugby? Don’t want to get shrugged off the ball in hockey?
• Power – similar to strength although also integrates speed. Ideal for boxing and tennis.
• Flexibility – an important aspect of all sporting participation but are you doing the correct things? See my ‘what is flexibility’ blog.
• Speed – from running speed to quick movements, cycling clients have benefited from this aspect of training.
• Balance and coordination – whether that’s for your footwork at the net, not losing your footing during martial arts or to increase your close quarter football skills.
Serious about your sport? Then you’ll be serious about performance. About maximising your performance.
We can help.
Contact me to find out how:
0161 209 3980