From the Research

Stress Management: Exercise is the stress-buster

  • stress isnʼt a problem unless it accumulates... use exercise to manage it
  • exercise combats stress-related diseases: stress and inactivity play big roles in the development of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune disorders

Business Reasons: Exercise saves money

  • two compelling business reasons: 1) reduces health care costs 2) could boost the collective brain power of an organization
  • Northern Gas Company employees who participate in the corporate exercise program take 80% fewer sick days
  • General Electric’s aircraft division conducted a study during which medical claims by employees who were members of its fitness center went down 27 percent, while nonmembers rose by 17 percent
  • Coca-Cola report from the late 1990ʼs: healthcare claims averaged $500 less for its employees who joined the company’s fitness program, compared with those who didn’t

 

Why exercise works so well: 
mind + body + emotions

  • exercise makes your muscles and bones stronger, and improves your strength and balance
  • it helps regulate your appetite, changes your blood lipid profile, reduces your risk of more than a dozen types of cancer, improves the immune system, and buffers the toxic effects of stress
  • exercise increases blood flow across the tissues of your body...the more tissues you can feed and the more toxic waste you can remove.
  • regular exercise enriches your cardiovascular system, lowering your blood pressure and decreasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
  • exercise influences metabolism positively,  increasing our energy level (metabolism is the symphony... exercise is the conductor)

Cognitive (Brain) Function: Exercise makes you smarter

  • when couch potatoes are enrolled in an aerobic exercise program, all kinds of mental abilities begin to come back online.
  • exercise elevates a protein that is “Miracle-Gro” for the brain

Aging and Exercise: Getting older is unavoidable, but falling apart is not

  • one of the greatest predictors of successful aging was the presence or absence of a sedentary lifestyle
  • exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, which in turn reduces the risk for diseases such as heart attack and stroke
  • your lifetime risk for general dementia is literally cut in half if you participate in leisure-time physical activity

Childrenʼs Health & Learning: Exercise improves children

  • when children aerobically exercise, their brains work better
  • students with higher fitness scores also have higher test scores
  • physically fit children identify visual stimuli much faster than sedentary ones and they appear to concentrate better
  • brain-activation studies show that children and adolescents who are fit allocate more cognitive resources to a task and do so for longer periods of time

Psychosocial Benefits: Exercise as therapy

  • exercise is the “stress-buster”: it gives you a sense of being in control (“I have a tool to cope with increased stress.”)
  • exercise is an antidepressant
  • exercise is a mood manager
  • exercise increases sense of mastery (accomplishment - taking care of yourself) and self-confidence
  • at it’s core, depression is defined by an absence of moving toward anything... exercise is the way to divert these negative signals and trick the brain into coming out of hibernation

Excercise has a profound impact on cognitive abilities and mental health. It is simply one of the best treatments we have for most psychiatric problems.
— John J. Ratey, MD