There are many reasons why regular activity can boost your health and wellbeing.
World Health Organization defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in recreational pursuits.
The term "physical activity" should not be confused with "exercise", which is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and aims to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness. Beyond exercise, any other physical activity that is done during leisure time, for transport to get to and from places, or as part of a person’s work, has a health benefit. Further, both moderate- and vigorous-intensity physical activity improve health.
We know that we should stay active to keep our bodies healthy. Still, there are no doubts that you would love to improve your overall well-being and quality of life. It is commonly known that even 10 minutes of physical activity is way more than doing nothing. If you want to feel better, look better and live better, here are just a few of the ways physical activity can help you. So, let's go!
Do you know that "feel good sensation" you get after doing something physical? It is like a magical pill with no side effects! Regular physical activity can relieve stress, anxiety, depression and even anger. After creating an everyday pattern for physical activities, there will be a strange feeling when just one day will be skipped. Have you ever experienced something similar? Do not go over the edge, but you could try to attend an hour-long training for 5 days in a row in your local gym or just follow some online course. Yes, there will be muscle pain, there will be "No, not again today", but when you will get over all the nos, the feeling will be magical.
To keep your body in shape, keep up regular activity – your body won't lose it's strength, stamina and ability to function properly. Exercise increases muscle strength, which in turn increases your ability to do other physical activities and will help to keep the doctor away. Remember to stand up once in a while. Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
I can bet you know someone in 60s who is more fit than someone their 30s. 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 ageing. So active adults maintain their quality of life and independence longer as they age.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. You can knock that out in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. And every minute of moderate to vigorous activity counts toward your goal.
So, this is easy! Just move more, with more intensity, and sit less. You don’t have to make big life changes to see the benefits. Just start building more activity into your day, one step at a time.