We all know that living an active lifestyle makes you look and feel better whatever your level of activity.
Members join The Marlow Club for lots of different reasons. The most common are to maintain a certain level of fitness, weight loss, muscle definition, get fit for an event, sports injury and rehabilitation. But there are so many other physical and mental benefits of being a member of a gym and keeping fit and healthy that can make significant improvements to how you feel. Here are just some of them…
Here are our top ten benefits to keeping fit and healthy.
1. Reduces your dementia risk.
Over the years, studies have found that staying active can boost mind function and energy, decreasing the risk of dementia. Physical activity can improve cognitive function in healthy elderly persons, and potentially reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment. Dance classes particularly, which require learning skills like memory and concentration, are especially helpful for individuals with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Decreases your osteoporosis risk.
Fitness, especially load-bearing exercise, is important for bone health, according to Marlow Personal Trainer Max Harger. “Exercise can be one of the most important things you can do to prevent osteoporosis, protect yourself from falls and help maintain bone mass,” He says strengthening exercises like weight-lifting, jogging, hiking, stair climbing, step aerobics, dancing and racquet sports are best.
3. Improves your sex life!
Regular exercise can help increase your libido. When you exercise, the brain produces endorphins that stimulate the release of sex hormones. These hormones reduce your heart rate, improve digestion, lower blood pressure and cortisol levels and relax the body.
4. Prevents muscle loss.
As we get older, not only do our bodies build muscle less efficiently, but the muscle we already have breaks down more quickly. This makes regular exercise an integral part of healthy aging. Exercise not only helps us maintain our muscle mass, it can increase it. This ultimately keeps our metabolism high, gives us strength and endurance to complete tasks of everyday life, and helps prevent falls, which can be a life-changing experience for older adults.
5. Improves digestion.
Exercise helps the intestinal muscles break down food and move it through your system correctly by strengthening the abdominal muscles and minimizing sluggishness.
6. Reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
We’ve been hearing for years that regular activity boosts your mood, but it does much more than that. When you exercise, neurotransmitters and endorphins that ease depression are released. Plus, you raise your body temperature, which has been shown to calm nerves.
7. Reduces cancer risk.
Several studies have confirmed that the risk of lung, colon and breast cancers can be greatly reduced in regularly active people. In fact, a 2007 study found that exercise is an important step to preventing breast cancer because higher levels of estrogen (which is stored in fat) increase your risk.
8. Improves your skin.
If vanity is still your number-one motivation to get in shape, then add glowing skin to the list of benefits. For one thing, “exercise enhances the blood flow to your skin,” Amanda Peyton says. Studies have also shown that exercise improves acne by controlling the production of acne-inducing testosterone hormones like DHEA and DHT. Plus, sweating can unclog pores and help clear up your breakouts—ultimately detoxifying the skin of oils and dirt.
9. Enhances mental performance and work productivity.
We are a firm believer that exercise is important for improving overall quality of life, especially when it comes to work. Not only does exercise improve self-confidence in the workplace, which helps you take on leadership roles and perform better, but it also increases overall productivity and focus.
10. Find a new circle of friends
Being a member of a health club can also be great for increasing your circle of friends. Meeting people like you with common goals will not only enhance your social life but will also help keep you motivated on your fitness journey.