If you’ve ever been tempted to skip out on your gym sessions because you’re not feeling as good as you used to, now might be a good time to do so.
A new study from the University of Melbourne suggests that, by adding in more exercise, people are actually getting fitter and more healthy.
The study, which looked at the health of over 100,000 people, looked at a range of factors including body composition, diet, sleep, stress, and lifestyle.
They also found that, overall, more exercise was associated with better health outcomes.
“What’s happening in terms of our body composition and how it’s affected by our lifestyles is a bit of a mixed bag,” said Professor Michael D. Crouch, the lead researcher and professor of human nutrition at the University.
The study found that exercise was related to improvements in blood pressure, heart rate, and glucose levels, and was associated to improved body composition as well as a reduction in risk factors for diabetes and cancer.””
We’re seeing a lot of research that’s suggesting that if you add in more activity and more moderate levels of physical activity in your life, you can actually get fitter, healthier and have healthier outcomes.”
The study found that exercise was related to improvements in blood pressure, heart rate, and glucose levels, and was associated to improved body composition as well as a reduction in risk factors for diabetes and cancer.
“The key finding of this study is that we see improvements in biomarkers of physical and mental health in response to physical activity,” Dr Crouch said.
“These are things like blood pressure and glucose that have been shown to correlate with health outcomes and to be linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk.
The study also found a relationship between increased physical activity and improvements in physical function, a decrease in stress and anxiety, and a decrease of metabolic risk factors.
While the results are encouraging, there are some caveats.
The researchers noted that the data was collected in a cohort, which means that it may not be representative of everyone who is exercising.
They said that, as with any observational study, there could be other factors at play, such as age and gender, that affect health.”
We need to do more research to find out how this is a real thing, but this is one of the first studies that looks at the association between physical activity levels and wellbeing and physical fitness,” Professor Crouch told news.com.au.
Professor Crouch and his colleagues plan to continue their research on the link between physical exercise and wellbeing in a future study.
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