If we could transform the benefits of physical activity in a pill, it would surely be the top-selling drug in the world, and the only one to have any side effects, apart from some transient muscle stiffness. Are you unconvinced? Take a little look at what physical activity can do for you!
1. Physical activity helps control weight
When you engage in a cardiovascular activity such as walking, running, and aerobics several times a week, your body uses fat as fuel to burn lots of calories. When you do weight training, either with dumbbells or on specific machines, you strengthen your muscles. Consequently, you become slimmer and stronger.
2. Physical activity improves balance
Starting from age 30, your sense of balance decreases gradually, and if you do nothing to counter this loss, you increase the risk of injury and falls. Stand on one foot and count to five, tone your muscles using a ball or Gliding™ sliding discs are simple exercises that can greatly improve your balance.
3. Physical activity strengthens the heart and lungs
Do simple odd jobs leave you breathless and tired? When you do cardiovascular exercise regularly, your cardio-respiratory system, which carries oxygen and other nutrients to the muscles of the heart through the lungs, becomes more efficient. You breathe easier and feel more energy.
4. Physical activity improves flexibility
In the course of every ordinary day, you have to bend, stretch, bend your back and much more, several times a day. Flexibility exercises (stretching) provide greater freedom of movement, help prevent back pain, and reduce the risk of injury.
5. Physical activity reduces the risk of chronic diseases
If heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases all worry you like everyone else, physical activity can be your passport to a long healthy life.
A lot of research has shown that regular exercise can decrease or regulate blood pressure. Exercise also prevents the onset of osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Researchers stress that even in people with cancer, physical activity may be beneficial, and there is less risk of relapse inactive people. A reader provides an example: “It’s already been seven years since I overcome breast cancer. I had surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, but my recovery was very fast and outstanding, according to my doctor, because of my fitness.”
Admit that this alone is clearly sufficient reason to get moving!
6. Physical activity reduces stress
By the end of a workout, muscle tension, the most obvious symptom of stress, disappears. Individuals that are more active are more resistant to stressful situations, and cope better with the difficulties of daily living.
7. Exercise helps you sleep better
A good night’s sleep can improve your concentration and productivity at work. That’s right, through physical activity, you can sleep better! Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply, especially if undertaken in the late afternoon.
8. Physical activity increases self-esteem
When you exercise, physical changes occur. You lose weight; your legs and your abs grow stronger, and so on. You feel good, you like the new image you project and you have much more confidence in yourself. Life is beautiful!
9. It improves mood and prevents depression
Exercise of long duration (at least 30 to 45 minutes) activates the secretion of endorphins and serotonin in the blood, which promotes relaxation and makes you happy. Studies show that depressed people have abnormally low serotonin levels. The more you move, the more you feel good and you’re optimistic!
Are you convinced now? It is never too late to undertake a physical activity program.