Moving your body regularly is one of the best things that you can do for your health.  In previous posts, I have emphasized that the human body is a perfect motion machine.  It is designed to move; to run and jump and hunt and gather.  Our current modern day world has taken many of us away from the motion that our body needs.

Getting your body moving through a regular exercise program has more benefits than you think. 

Here are 43 of the advantages that a regular exercise program can bring to your health and wellness… 

1)   Reduced stress and tension

2)   Increased energy to manage your day to day routine

3)   Pain relief

4)   A stronger immune system: Exercise is a natural defence against colds and flu viruses.

5)   Increased good cholesterol (HDL-High Density Lipoprotein)

6)   Reduced depression

7)   Prevention of and reduced incidence of Low Back Pain

8 )   Blood Pressure levels that are improved and regulated

9)   Improved co-ordination and balance

10)      Decreased risk of stroke and heart disease

11)      Decreased risk of Type II Diabetes and more controlled blood sugar levels.

12)      Increase bone density and decreased risk of Osteoporosis

13)      Decreased risk of breast and colon cancers

14)      Improved respiratory function

15)      Increase mental alertness and focus

16)      Enhanced ability to relax and sleep

17)      Reduced triglyceride levels and gives the body the ability to more effectively burn fat

18)      Aid in alleviating varicose veins

19)      Decreased menstrual cramps

20)      Improvement in skin tone

21)      Enhanced sex life

22)      Increase in flexibility

23)      Improved joint health including increased range of motion

24)      Toned and firm muscles with more definition

25)      Increased strength and endurance

26)      Increased lean muscle mass (which begins to decline at an alarming rate of up to 2% a year after age 35)

27)      Increased athletic performance

28)      Decreased resting heart rate

29)      Enhanced heart function including higher cardiac output

30)      Increased speed of muscle contraction and reaction time

31)      Improved posture

32)      Weight loss, decrease in obesity

33)      Improved chances of keeping the weight off after you lose it

34)      Increased cravings for healthier foods

35)      Improved digestion

36)      Improved social interaction with exercise group

37)      The challenge and achievement of a goal

38)      Heightened self esteem and self image

39)      Reduced number of ‘sick’ days

40)      Reduced chance of a fatal heart attack

41)      Reduced risk of premature death

42)      Increased length of life

43)  Overall improvement of quality of life

It is never to late to experience the benefits of regular exercise.  Even if you are 85 or even 95, if you start a regular exercise program (under the guidance of a health care professional please) you can see massive benefits in many areas of your health and wellness and most importantly in your overall quality of life.

I’ve written in previous posts about the benefits of moving your body every day.  If you need another reminder as to why you should be exercising, I have just given you 43.  If you can add to the list, I would love it if you would comment below and give me your exercise benefit!

Get moving…..

Your body will thank you and your overall well-being will be improved as a result.


Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. She also inspires patients from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.

A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.

Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.