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I had a really good swim this morning, it’s just a pity it was while trying to get out to my letter box and back.

Lucky those 20kg dumbbells I ordered didn’t get delivered.


With this crazy weather we are getting it’s pretty easy to find an excuse to miss training. Especially as we get busier at work or maybe have lost a couple kilos, the new year’s resolutions really start to suffer.

If losing an extra kilo isn’t getting you up and out of bed anymore I read a report that might give you some even better reasons to get the running shoes on, or flippers.

The science daily report showed that regular exercise can reduce the risk and symptoms of more than 20 physical and mental health conditions, and can also slow down how quickly your body ages.

A review of research, which summarised the findings of 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010, found that exercise improves conditions including cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.

Exercise is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful ways to improve your health.  

After reviewing the 40 papers, researchers found that exercise reduces the risk of at least two dozen health conditions, ranging from cancer and heart disease to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression.

Exercise also slows down the rate of ageing itself, providing perhaps the closest example of a real life fountain of youth as we will ever find.

Hopefully if you get out and get the exercise in now, you won’t get any of those conditions in the first place.

Sure there is always one clown who says ‘why bother, you’ve got to die from something’, normally as they’re shoving a hot dog or cigarette in their mouth.

But in the meantime, for those of us that want a good quality of life and enjoy being active and healthy, know that exercise is a huge source of major health benefits.

Many are proven but there are a whole lot more we don’t even know.

Do research yourself, go out and do a half hour of some kind of activity you enjoy that’s at a fairly intense level for you.

Finish, sit down while your breath comes back.

Then answer one question, knowing all the good things that are taking place inside your body right then.

How do you feel?

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