What is the importance of physical activity?

Would you like to feel physically and emotionally competent, decrease the risk of disease, avoid injuries, look better and continue to have an active and healthy lifestyle? You can achieve all this with regular physical activity. Physical activity is imperative to reduce the risk of a number of diseases and improve mental and physical health. Regular physical exercise is known to help you live longer, and according to statistics, in fact adding up to five years.

Physical activity gets you into shape, allowing you to be more flexible and agile in your chores and daily life at home and outside. It offers numerous mental and social benefits. The outcome of physical activity attributes to a better quality of life, sense of value and purpose, reduced stress and stronger social connections and relationships. Lack of physical activity, on the other hand, is known to increase the following,

  • Anxiety, stress, depression
  • Developing conditions that can be prevented including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, obesity and diabetes
  • Shorter life span
    Let’s look at the top benefits of being fit

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

If you’ve had a difficult day at office a quick workout at the gym will help. Stress relief is a significant benefit of exercise. When you work up a sweat it helps decrease mental and physical stress. The more you exercise the more likely your body will be able to handle any existing or new mental tensions. It is a win-win situation for you.

Improve Self Confidence

Physical exercise not only benefits your health, it also helps you look and feel good. Regardless of age, gender or weight it can elevate a person’s self worth quickly.

Enjoy the Outdoors

One of the greatest benefits of exercise is the ability to enjoy nature. Become one with nature as you take exercise to the outdoors. Exercise not only increases self confidence it also gives you a whole different perspective on how it can be adventurous and fun. What outdoor exercise fits your style? Whether it is rock climbing, jogging, canoeing or hiking it will make you physically fit and healthy, as well as get you soaking on Vitamin D.

Reduce the Risk of cognitive Decline

As people get older, the brain is hazier. Aging kills good brain cells leading to diseases like dementia and Alzheimer. A healthy diet and exercise will not cure any of these diseases; however, it is the closest you will come to warding it off. Cognitive decline begins from the age of 45. Exercising between the ages of 20-40 will prevent degeneration and boost your brain’s chemicals.

Reduce Addictive Behaviour
Dopamine is a chemical released during exercise that is also released in response to pleasure whether it is through food, alcohol and so on. Some people can become addicted to certain types of behaviour that releases this particular chemical. In exercising, your body feels this release but it is done in a healthy manner. Exercise can help and quicken the pace of recovery from alcohol and other similar forms of addiction.

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