5 Hidden Benefits of Exercise

Every one always says: “Diet and Exercise”. Exercise is important and has health benefits. However, there are hidden benefits. Here are the top 5 hidden benefits of exercise:

Benefit number 1: Pain Reduction Customized exercise and activity is a great way to to manage pain and promote pain reduction. It is important to do the correct exercise. I once saw someone with low back pain doing back extension exercises at the gym. We began to talk and he told me he had Osteoarthritis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. He told me he was doing the back extension exercises to strengthen his spine and to reduce his low back pain. This is the exact OPPOSITE movement I would have recommended to him as a licensed Physical Therapist in Sarasota, Florida!! I went on to explain to him some appropriate movements and he had almost instant pain relief.   The right exercises for strengthening your core can decrease persistent low back pain and prevent re-injury in the future, however one size does not fit all. It’s amazing how many people who seem resigned to a life of chronic pain start to find fast acting pain reduction after starting a customized exercise program prescribed by 1 of our experienced physical therapists at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy. If you have pain that just won’t go away you should realize that there is something that can be done about it, we will be happy to work with you to create a safe, gentle, progressive, effective plan. Keep reading to learn more about 5 Benefits of Exercise

Reason #2: To Increase Muscle Tissue. With improved strength and increased muscle tissue comes the ability to complete your daily activities with increased ease. Walking, going up the stairs, picking up groceries, or playing with your children can all become easier and more enjoyable. What if you could get back to the things you love to do such as a walk along Siesta Key Beach in Siesta Key Florida or playing tennis or golf? What would that do for you as a person?

The Physical Therapy team at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy can assist you with creating a well-designed, customized gentle yet progressive exercise routine which will eliminate the risk for re-injury and help you get back to doing the things you love.

Reason #3: To Drop Pounds of Fat. One of the 5 benefits of exercise and quite possibly the best benefit of exercise is fat loss while maintaining and promoting lean muscle. It is no secret that a combination of exercise and a balanced meal plan is the best known way to lose fat. Be wary of weight loss gimmicks.

Benefits of fat loss:

  • Your clothes fit better
  • People around you begin to compliment you on your new looks
  • It promotes a more youthful appearance
  • Your natural energy levels are boosted
  • Look and feel great!
  • Improved sex drive
  • Improved sleep

Reason #4: To Control Blood Sugar. Exercises performed on a regular basis will aid in blood sugar levels being stable. If you are diabetic or “borderline” diabetic, check out these 5 safe exercise tips for those with diabetes.  A combo of improved blood glucose control and weight loss can impact your health in a positive fashion. Check with your medical doctor prior to beginning exercises for the goal of blood sugar control.

Reason #5: To Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

The 5th benefit can help you and your heart in two ways:

a) Appropriate activity can increases the good cholesterol also known as HDL levels. What does this mean It means that heart disease risk is decreased. Factors such as body weight, Type II Diabetes, and hypertension can also get better with regular exercise. These factors all correlate with heart disease risk.

b) If your heart (and therefore heart muscle) is in a weakened state, it will likely pump a relatively small amount of blood with during every heartbeat. This equates to your heart working extra hard for each and every heartbeat. With a regular exercise program, a stronger heart will pump larger quantities of blood with less effort…What does it all mean? Well, a heart that does not “have” to work as hard decreases your risk for heart problems, including putting a safer pressure on your arteries.

Exercise: It will BOOST your every day energy levels!

You will reach your health goals quicker by working with one of our team at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy. We will customize a pain free gentle yet progressive program which will fit your individualized needs. You will receive one on one personalized care. We never “double book”. We never see more than one client per clinician. We never put you on a machine and walk away to treat a different client. If you have ever had Physical Therapy in Sarasota Florida before, chances are that one of these things may have happened to you. What we will do is to show you techniques and strategies that will help you return to things that you love to do with improved energy, decreased pain, and improved activity tolerance.

What is YOUR primary motivation?

The 5 hidden benefits of exercise listed above are just the beginning. Physical Therapy in Sarasota, FL in being redefined by the team at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy. Each person’s primary motivation to exercise is unique. What is YOUR primary motivation? Is it to play with your children or grandchildren? Is is to be able to walk your pet with increased ease? Is it to get back to a recreational activity such as golf or tennis??

Whatever your unique primary motivation is, remind yourself of it daily. Write it down and tape it to your bathroom mirror. See it everyday. Visualize it.

Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy today. Call us at (941)925-2700 and give us a chance to help you get started with improving your lifestyle today. You only have one life and its all about enjoying the ride. We are the local experts in Sarasota Florida. If you are looking for expert Physical Therapists with reliability & accountability, we are the only choice.

About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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