Did you know?

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  • You cannot spot reduce body fat. You must have a balanced exercise program with balanced nutrition to compliment it. It may often be stomach fat that disappears last!
  • Remember to breathe! Never hold your breathe while exercising. Take deep slow breaths.
  • A 4.5 kg weight loss sustained for 2 years significantly reduces the risk of diabetes.
  • The best physical recovery in sleep is from 10pm – 2am. Don’t be a night owl! You need a good 8 hours sleep a night.
  • For every 30 kg you weigh you need one litre plus 1 cup of water a day. More when you exercise!
  • It is important to strengthen your core so that it will stabilise your pelvis and lower back to protect from injury.
  • Protein is an essential nutrient for the growth and repair of body tissue.
  • Building your muscles through exercise means that you’ll be burning extra calories even while at rest.
  • Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work. With a regular exercise program you’ll experience a reduced number of colds and upper respiratory infections.
  • Exercise has been proven to improve memory and other cognitive functions, and seems to have a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard University researcher was quoted calling exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain.”
  • When you strengthen the muscles around your damaged joints you’re able to reduce joint pain and overall aches. Remember to always consult your physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you have chronic joint pain.
  • Studies have shown that exercise is able to reduce depression – sometimes even as effectively as medication.
  • In most cases, the most effective thing that you can do for back pain is to move and strengthen those muscles. Always consult your physician or physical therapist for guidance if you have an injury.
  • Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to slow ageing. When you age your body loses muscle and bone, and the loss of both are drastically reduced with regular exercise. You’ll also enjoy a reduction in inflammation.
  • Exercise boosts energy levels during the day, but also wears you out. Recovering from a challenging workout will help you relax and reach a deeper level of sleep.
  • Exercise firms your muscles, improves your posture and even makes your skin glow.
  • Exercise has been shown to stimulate brain chemicals that induce relaxation and happiness. When you’re having a bad day, lace up your shoes for an invigorating workout and feel happier.
  • Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of pretty much every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defence against type 2 diabetes, one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.