A health promotion consultant named Dr. Nick Cavill said that if exercise is a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented. It would be wonderful if it really exists due to its wide array of benefits to the human body. But exercise is not a pill. It is a physical exertion that results in a healthy or healthier level of physical fitness and both physical and mental health.
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise has a multitude of established benefits with minimal side effects and is cost-effective. Even in older adults, exercise increases the chance of survival and healthy ageing. Not only does exercise improve physical health, it also helps lower your risk of some mental health conditions.
For the Body
Regular exercise helps many of the body’s systems function better, lowers risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases, and helps lose or maintain weight.
Major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer can be reduced by exercise by up to 50% and the risk of early death can be reduced by up to 30%.
For the weight and figure-conscious, exercising can help you look better. People who exercise burn more calories and look more toned than those who don’t.
For the Brain
Cognitive decline is one of the most pressing healthcare issues today. No effective pharmacological treatment can alter the progress of cognitive decline. Lifestyle approaches has been of interest in preventing or treating dementia. Exercise is cost-efficient and widely accessible to the society with varying functional status levels.
Aerobic exercise is the kind of exercise that has been consistently shown to trigger the growth of both brain cells and new connections between them, boosting cognitive functions. It has also been linked with reduced risks of Alzheimer’s disease. Regular aerobic exercise has been seen to boost the size of the brain’s hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning.
Resistance training has been shown to improve executive functions and memory performance. An increase of blood flow was observed to areas of the brain associated with improved performance, such as the occipital and frontal regions of the brain.
Role of Physiotherapy
A large proportion of the population is sedentary and that successfully changing behaviour to a more active lifestyle has become a challenge. The need for collaboration among researchers and healthcare workers to develop consistent standards and a united message of the multiple benefits of exercise is crucial to effectively advocate physical activity.
Physiotherapists responsibly use their knowledge and expertise to promote the health and well-being of individual people, communities, populations, and the profession. As experts in physical activity, weight management, and disease prevention, physiotherapists play a vital role in sharing the broader public health prevention message.
A physiotherapist is an expert in the prescription of exercise appropriate for each individual. People from all walks of life can benefit from seeing a physiotherapist to maintain active lifestyles. Here at i Physio Perth, we are committed to the best of your interests, which is why we take part in leading you to a healthy life by prescribing exercises that will suit to your condition.
Wondering what kind of exercise is right for you? Go ask the experts at i Physio Perth at 9444 8729 today!