benefits of exercise

Exercise, but why?

I think we all know that we should exercise, but why?

Exercise offers us a number of health benefits from stress reduction to prevention of chronic illness.


Benefits of Exercise:

  • Helps to manage and decrease weight

  • Lower blood pressure and insulin levels

  • Prevent low bone density and bone fractures

  • Supports a healthy heart and cardiovascular system

  • Heightens mood and energy levels

  • Improves sleep and can even increase libido

There is no absolute exercise prescription that works for everyone, the basic guideline is to find a number of exercises that you enjoy, some of the benefits of stress management may not apply if you are dreading the workout. 

To get more specific, a combination of cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise and strength training exercises will cover the basis of general health. The Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Along with 2 days of full body weight training per week. Always discuss any additions of exercise with your Naturopathic doctor prior to starting a new exercise regimen. 

Great Cardio Exercises:

  • Speed walking or walking hills

  • Rowing

  • Biking

  • Dancing

  • Jump roping

  • Trampoline Jumping

  • HIIT training: high intensity interval training

Strength Training:

  • Lifting weights

  • Yoga

  • Barre 3

  • Resistance Bands

In order to see a change, you need to make a change.

If you are looking to make a change in your health, and you have been doing the same form of exercise over the past year, it’s time for a change. 

Our bodies have an impressive way of adapting and exercise is no different. So, sometimes we need to shake things up a little. To spark your metabolism, you may need to increase the number of minutes you exercise each day or alter the intensity. Variety is key! A certain type of workout called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training creates the variability needed to invoke a change to the metabolic system. Don’t let the name scare you, the intensity can be altered to your fitness level and can increase as your fitness level grows. It’s good to work with a trainer to first implement this type of program.

Often the most difficult part of creating a new exercise regime is scheduling it in and holding yourself accountable. Consider letting Dr. Heather Krebsbach guide you along the path to creating an entire lifestyle plan to keep your body changing and feeling better.