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From an article in the British Journal of Sports Medecine blog. to read the whole article:
Evidence is abundant that exercise offers a wide range of benefits to a variety of health markers including some of those listed below. What’s more, with such a range of possible beneficial outcomes, even if people aren’t achieving the aesthetic goals or performance outcomes that are easily observed or measured it’s highly likely that they are least doing some good. In fact a recent study has brazenly concluded that “There are no non-responders to resistance-type exercise training…” (Churchward-Venne et al., 2015). The following is a small selection of possible improvements achievable through physical activity and exercise whether aerobic or resistance based which were mentioned in the June RSM Exercise is Medicine Symposium.


  • Improved cognition such as sustained attention, short term memory etc. in older adults AND brain health
  • Decreased cognitive decline.


  • Reduced depression
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Team sports promote involvement in the community to improve overall health and happiness
  • Improved self-esteem


  • Moderate exercise beneficial for cartilage
  • Often weight control
  • Often strength, endurance and power
  • Often flexibility and coordination
  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Reduced pain and discomfort from arthritis. Exercise is important in reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Reduces pain and discomfort from fibromyalgia
  • Reduced back pain
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Increased physical function
  • Favourable changes in genes associated with aging
  • Hip fracture risk decreased by 30-60%
  • Benefits of exercise outweigh risk for osteoporosis


  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Exercise is better than primary coronary intervention for cardiac event free survival
  • Improved resting blood pressure
  • Every 200 step/day increase in physical activity is associated with an 8-10% reduction in CVD risk
  • Regular exercise is more effective than heart stents


  • Decreased gastrointestinal transit time
  • Improved outcomes from colorectal surgery
  • Reduced side effects from chemotherapy
  • Lower 1 year mortality rate

Breast cancer

  • Regular exercise can reduce breast cancer risk by 20%.

Diabetes reduction

  • Improved glucose/insulin metabolism


  • 30% reduction in all causes of mortality and increased life expectancy
  • Reduced body fat mass
  • Reduced abdominal fat
  • Improved blood lipids
  • Increased resting metabolic rate
  • Improved sleep quality

We need to dispel short sighted exercise perceptions. Exercise is a lot more than just losing weight or gaining muscle mass. The public needs to adopt a broader understanding of the benefits of exercise.


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