Why is physical activity important?
Friday, October 5, 2018
Physical health is experienced by individuals whose bodily functions perform at their greatest, thanks to physical activity, balanced nutrition, adequate rest, and to an absence of disease. For instance, taking care of our own physical conditions will protect and develop self’s respiratory and heart function endurance, body composition, strength, coordination, and flexibility. It’s a fact: not only physical activity improves your health, but also it can help you to feel better, live better and look better.
There are so many diseases and illnesses associated, not only with a sedentary lifestyle but also with poor eating habits. If you are willing to push yourself to workout on a regular basis, it is important that you do your best to eat healthily. Do not pressure or push yourself like if it was a race. Instead, believe it is an action you need to be doing for the rest of your life to get the more profit out of it.
Our bodies are designed to be active regardless of age, sex or physical ability, at least regularly. Having this in mind, if you want to maintain profitable health, strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, you definitely need to exercise your body in order for it to work the way that you desire. By doing so, you will benefit in so many ways, from which the followings are some of the most considerable ones.
Top benefits of exercise
Exercise boosts energy
As it transports nutrients, vitamins, and oxygen to the tissues, helping your cardiovascular system to function efficiently. In other words, exercise favors your heart and lungs, and their health improves, you have more energy to work on daily chores.
Exercise improves your metabolism
And, as it has been shown, inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity, as physical activity is related to energy expenditure. If you train regularly, you can have a healthy and controlled weight.
Exercise keeps joints and muscles strong
Together with a correct posture and flexible tendons and ligaments which allow you to move more fluently and comfortably, apart from avoiding injuries. You can potentially reduce pain at the joints and the lower back by cultivating the habit of maintaining a correct form and a proper alignment. At the same time, you would also improve coordination and balance.
Exercise increases brain function
If paired with elevated oxygen levels and blood flow, as these release learning and memory hormones which, in turn, boost cognitive ability and concentration skills. For example, it minimizes the chance of suffering from cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Exercise decreases and manages a wide range of health problems
Such as cardiovascular diseases, unhealthy triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (the type that clogs your arteries), osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; as well as other concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, arthritis, falls, anger, frustration and certain types of cancer (colon cancer, breast cancer and also lung and detrimental cancers).
Exercise enhances your immune system
And decreases chances of getting a cold, flu, or other illness, as it increments your body’s capability to send to every place of it the oxygen and nutrients that are necessary to fuel the cells that protect from bacteria and viruses, and causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC), which fight disease. The anti-inflammatory impact derived from exercise can be a possible treatment of diseases caused by chronic inflammations of low-grade such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, hypertension, obesity, and degenerative diseases. But physical activity requires an appropriate dosage depending on the subject’s aerobic capacity; otherwise a poorly programmed schedule generates stress and negatively affects the immune system.
Exercise gives you a sense of achievement
As it significantly influences psychological well-being. It consists on an inexhaustible source of satisfaction and personal pride, as it exponentially increases endorphins, also called happiness hormones, which attenuate the pain that our body feels in adverse situations and give the feeling of well-being. A lack of endorphins prevents people from fully enjoying daily activities and their body needs more stimuli like unhealthy food or alcohol to create the same effect. So, meanwhile you are boosting your energy levels, lung capacity, muscle tone, and fitness in general, another significant benefit is an increased mood, confidence, self-esteem, and physical appearance; the accomplishment of organizing a schedule for your weekly workouts and sticking to it provides and consents you to experience a sense of achievement and some important “self-time”.
Exercise helps to sleep better and to reduce stress and aging effects
Because whether if it is low to moderate intensity or moderate to high intensity exercise, it contributes to natural antioxidant production and protection, and stimulates blood flow, which can conserve your skin, hair, and cells and also delay signs of aging; can produce positive results in mood improvement and psychological functioning. Stress levels are a common cause of sleep problems, including trouble falling asleep and sleeping without actually resting. The more sedentary we are the less efficient is our body responding to stress since all the physiological systems communicate with each other and participate in the stress response. Exercise also reduces insomnia, providing better sleep quality and duration.
So… How to start working out?
First of all, appreciate the starting point of your body, rather than initiating your health and fitness journey stressing about ‘problematic’ areas or specific spots of your body. Begin from a positive perspective, identify your starting point and set realistic goals. Start small to make changes that will last. Establish behaviors and create the habit you want to have in place. Instead of using the scale every month, take measurements and photos of your body to see each step of your progress. Do not be ashamed, or scared, to reach out and ask if you need to. Overcome your fears, expect to fail, find a plan you can stick with, and do it for your own self. It is always a good idea to have a workout partner if you would like.
Everyone starts somewhere. What matters is the decision to start. Remember to adapt your goals to your capabilities. Challenge yourself but never hold what you cannot control. Any exercise effort will have results. Whether you practice a specific sport or follow the guideline of 150 minutes of activity per week, learn how to listen to your body.