top of page

Why you should be doing regular exercise and physical activity

Updated: Oct 26, 2018

Some of the overlooked benefits of regular exercise are improvements in cardiovascular and respiratory function, decreased heart rate and blood pressure which results in a reduction of resting systolic and diastolic pressure. This then contributes to a lower chance of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, certain cancers such as cancer to the colon or breast along with gallbladder disease.

If you are predisposed to any of the above conditions or have a family history of these conditions you can see the benefits of a balanced exercise program for prolonged life and longevity. Some additional benefits of exercise which was seen in an article called Physical activity guidelines for Americans for your short-term health published in 2008 by the American College of Sports Medicine suggests the benefits are improved cognitive function, a decrease in anxiety and depression, increased capillary density in skeletal muscle, enhanced performance of work, sport and additional recreational activities.

If you suffer from a medical condition it is important to first seek written approval from your Specialist or General Practioner before you work with a Personal Trainer or any other allied health professional. If your condition is complicated it may even be worth getting two of your health professionals to communicate with each other over the phone or via email to work out what the best program for you is.

My personal standpoint is I always encourage my clients to engage in regular exercise to stay fit and healthy as this promotes longevity and empowers you as an individual. To me the healthier you are the better chance you have of a longer fulfilled life where you can spend more quality time with your family, work for longer and provide quality work to your employer and participate or help out in community events until an old age. Giving back, experiences and gratitude all lead to a happy healthier life.

Another reason to get fit and healthy is when you are fit and healthy it gives you confidence and belief within yourself.

This confidence can then be used in the workplace or in your relationships to speak up and express your opinion or point of view allowing you to be more transparent and work more efficiently in a team environment. Other areas confidence and self-belief are effective in is if you are looking to travel overseas, compete in a sport or want to start up your own business. The number one human emotion that stops us from going after what we truly want and chasing our goals in life is fear (anxiety) which studies above show exercise helps with.


American College of Sports Medicine Position Stand on the Quantity and Quality of Exercise,

Hutch F, Research Findings on Benefits of Exercise

Godman H, (2018) Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills - Harvard Health Blog,

Warburton D, (2006) Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence,


About the Author Nic Rider is a corporate health and well-being coach with 8 years experience in the health and fitness industry. He is one of the top age group triathletes in Australia practicing what he preaches as he believes in leading by example to help inspire others. Nic has coached 100s of corporate professionals to start exercise, lose weight, build muscle and improve cardiovascular health along with rehabilitation. He has coached clients to run marathons and participate in triathlons along with climb mountains in the Himalayas.

9 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Post: Blog2_Post
bottom of page