Why should I be physically active?
You know that physical activity is good for you, but do you know why?
In medicine, there is no magical cure. But if there was one, that would be a physical activity. No other therapy provides as many health benefits that regular exercise and physical activity do regardless of age, sex, or physical ability. Physical activity is an important step you can take to improve your health and quality of life. Regular physical activities may help prevent or delay many health problems such as heart disease, brain disease, cancer, obesity, type-2 diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Being active may help you look and feel better, both now and in the future. Unfortunately, many Indians and Americans still aren’t moving enough and do not include protein, vitamin, calcium, and many essential components a body requires in their diet to reap the rewards. Take a step towards better health, cholesterol level, heart health, and many other benefits and get started today.
Here are just a few of the ways physical activity can help you feel better, look better, and live better. Because, why not?
It’s a natural mood lifter.
Regular physical activity can relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger. You know that "feel good sensation" you get after doing something physical? Think of it as a happy pill with no side effects! Most people notice they feel better over time as physical activity becomes a regular part of their lives.
It keeps you physically fit and able.
Without regular activity, your body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function properly. It’s like the old saying: you don’t stop moving from growing old, you grow old from stopping moving. Exercise increases muscle strength, which in turn increases your ability to do other physical activities.
It helps keep the doctor away.
Stand up when you eat your apple a day! Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. One study showed that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had an 80% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Being more active can help you:
- lower your blood pressure
- boost your levels of good cholesterol
- improve blood flow (circulation)
- keep your weight under control
- prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis
All of this can add up to fewer medical expenses, interventions and medications later in life!
It can help you live longer.
It’s true, 70 is the new 60… but only if you’re healthy. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese. And the important part is that those extra years are generally healthier years! Staying active helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging. So active adults maintain their quality of life and independence longer as they age.
Here are some other benefits you may get with regular physical activity:
- It helps you quit smoking and stay tobacco-free.
- Boosts your energy level so you can get more done.
- It helps you manage stress and tension.
- Promotes a positive attitude and outlook.
- It helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
- Improves your self-image and self-confidence.
- It provides fun ways to spend time with family, friends, and pets.
- It helps you spend more time outdoors or in your community.
Exercise and physical activity can be and enjoyable. They give you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors, or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. Bored? Try something new, or do something with friends or family and achieve a healthy “YOU”.