Benefits of Exercise
Regular exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Study after study shows the benefits it can have. Not only does regular exercise help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of major illness it can help prevent and treat mental health problems. It can also boost your wellbeing and mood, and is a great way to unwind from the stresses of life.
Exercising regularly can:
- improves your muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness
- improves your bone health
- reduces your risk of high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers
- helps manage your weight and reduces your risk of becoming obese
- reduces anxiety and depression, and helps prevent mental health problems
- boosts your mood and wellbeing
Whatever stage of life you’re currently at, there are plenty of different exercise options to try. Exercise doesn’t just mean going to the gym or heading out for a run. It may be as simple as walking to and from the shops instead of getting in the car or getting off the bus a few stops earlier.
Improving your mental health and wellbeing
Exercising regularly isn’t only good for your body – it’s good for your mind. It’s thought that physical activity can reduce your risk of developing depression and dementia. It may also help to treat depression if you already have the condition.
Exercise can help relieve stress and anxiety, and improve your mood. This is because exercise has an effect on certain chemicals in your brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, which can affect your mood and thinking.
You’re likely to feel happier, calmer, have an improved self-image and a better sense of wellbeing if you’re physically active. Exercise can also help you get a better night’s sleep.
Exercise at work
The University offers a number of ways to keep active such as:
The Frank Lee Centre Gym – this is located onsite and boasts a 25 metre heated pool, a gym, squash and tennis courts and a ranges of group fitness classes. The University of Cambridge Sports Centre is also available to use on our west Cambridge site.
Pool Bikes – the Clinical School have a selection of pool bikes available for you to use to travel to and from meetings.
Free Botanical Garden passes – take a break from your desk and make use of a free pass to walk around the beautiful Botanical Gardens. * Passes can be signed out from the Clinical School reception desk.
Lunchtime Guided Walks – Every Tuesday lunchtime (12.30 and 1.30pm) from the hospital main reception area.
Walking / Cycling to and from work is a great way to fit exercise into your daily routine. Try parking at the Park and Ride and walk to the office – it will not only make you fitter but will save you sitting in traffic
For further information on exercise why not visit the following links: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health-information/directory/b/benefits-of-exercise