Many of us decide to join up at a gym to achieve certain goals such as getting fit or looking good. Often these goals are made as part of a new year resolution or after a particularly difficult string of poor eating or inactivity. Lots of us will drop the weight and get great bodies, but perhaps the best reason for keeping a commitment to regular exercise is what we don’t get. All of us, every year, practically have an unwritten resolution not to have a heart attack, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
CrossFit Ignite Sydney’s Eating Paleo program stresses that we will get great results if we fuel our bodies the way they are designed to be fuelled. The same goes with exercise: we are built to be active! Unfortunately, today’s society allows for steady inactivity rather than activity, and we are seeing the consequences. While overweight and obesity are obvious consequences, staying active has also been shown to protect against:
- high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke – exercise helps flush our system and clear out plaque that can cause blockages
- diabetes – exercise helps our cells be more receptive to insulin, this makes them less resistant, and insulin resistance develops to type 2 diabetes
- cancer – exercise (and proper nutrition) can reduce the prevalence of fat deposits that stimulate production of growth hormone, which cancerous cells can use to proliferate detrimentally