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Why exercise is important for your body, mind and gut

Did you know… exercise supports GIT (gastro intestinal) health from gut motility to even increasing the diversity of gut micro flora? (Monda, Villano et al 2017) That’s just a start too… There have been a number of recent studies showing the impact exercise has on our gut microbiome.

Exercise has such incredible benefits for our mental and cardiovascular health, skin and obviously to support and strengthen our musculo skeletal system too.

For me… exercise reduces any stress and anxiety, keeps things moving, shaking and strengthening within, increases my productivity with work, challenges me so that I can overcome other obstacles in life when they arise and evidently – makes me smile. Exercise isn’t a chore, it’s something I feel inspired and motivated to do BECAUSE it gives so much to me in return. 😃

Recently I was invited to an insane event with @underarmourau who brought together a league of incredible women, lead by Under Armour athletes @daniellescottski , @madison.____ , @lizclay_ and @sally_fitz , uniting us all through collaborative training and celebrating the diversity, empowerment and uniqueness we all embody. I literally could not wipe the smile off my dial – the energy in the room was electric!


So, what’s the take home with this message? Well, I know the weekend is about relaxing and probably a lot of delicious eating, but I’m popping this here as a friendly reminder that moving your body has the most tremendous benefits for your health on so many levels, so if there is just one thing you take from the above benefits, hold that and get moving because you know you won’t regret it, moreover, you’ll probably be wearing that same smile as I am if you do!

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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