The Exercise Alphabet

The Exercise Alphabet

– A –

Asthma : reduces severity of asthma, swimming is particularly good for asthmatics

– B –

Blood pressure : lowers blood pressure; increases body’s ability to use oxygen

Brain : improved cognitive functioning as more nutrient rich oxygen reaches the brain

– C –

Cancer : colon cancer risk reduced by 50% and breast cancer reduced by 20%

Colds : 23% less likely to catch a cold due to increased immune activity

Creativity : increased creativity for up to 2 hours after exercise

– D –

Dementia : risk decreased by 30%

Depression : risk decreased by 30%

Digestion : improved by 30%

– E –

Eating : more likely to make healthy food choices

Energy : increases endurance increasing productivity

– F –

Falls : 30% lower risk of falling, 68% lower risk of hip fracture

– G –

Great outdoors : get a boost of vitamin D and self esteem by exercising outdoors (if the weather is not too bad)

– H –

Heart : heart disease risk reduced by 30% and LDC (bad) cholesterol is reduced

– I –

Immune system : boosts bacteria fighting cells

– J –

Joints : Improved joint structure and movement

– K –

Kidney disease : beneficial changes in the heart, lungs and blood vessels for people with chronic kidney disease

– L –

Learning : increases capacity to develop new brain cells (neurogenesis)

Live longer : less likely to die prematurely

Lungs : lung capacity increases improving the distribution of oxygen throughout the body

– M –

Mobility : strengthens muscles and joints to maximise mobility to ensure you live a longer happy and independent life

Mood : exercise elevates your mood by releasing the ‘feel good’ hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine

– N –

Night sweats : moderate exercise (yoga, pilates etc) can regulate the thyroid gland, reducing night sweats

– O –

Osteoporosis : builds strong bones (along with calcium intake) so risk of developing osteoporosis is reduced by 83%

– P –

Pain: strengthens and stretches your body preventing back pain

Performance : increases alertness and improves performance at work and in everyday tasks

– Q –

Quality of life : maintaining mind, body (strength) and independence

Quitting smoking : regular exercise increases quitting success

– R –

Respiratory system : stronger diaphragm, increased oxygen delivery and CO2 removal efficiency

– S –

Skin : increased oxygenated blood flow to the skin (cleansing the skin from within)

Socialise : exercising with others is an excellent way to socialise boosting happiness

Stress : acts as a distraction from daily stresses and improves confidence

Stroke : risk reduced by 25%

– T –

Type 2 diabetes : improves the body’s use of insulin

– U –

Urinary incontinence : pelvic exercises strengthen pelvic floor muscles preventing urinary leaks

– V –

Varicose Veins : prevents the formation of varicose veins and moderate exercise can help with existing veins

– W –

Weight : achieve and maintain a healthy weight (along with a balanced diet)

– X –

eXcellence : ok so not technically an X, but exercise can allow you to achieve excellent physical and mental health as well as a sense of accomplishment

– Y –

Youth : anti-aging qualities; including boosted brain function (more than doing a mental puzzle), stronger muscles and bones, and improved stability

– Z –

Zzzzz : clears the mind and is relaxing (especially yoga) preparing the body for a good nights rest


So many benefits for something that is so low cost to do and can get far more stimulation than just watching the TV. An active life is a healthy life.