Physical Activity Improves Quality of Life

The American Heart Association recommends 30-minutes a day of moderate activity, but three 10-minute periods of activity are almost as beneficial to your overall fitness as one 30-minute session. This is achievable! Physical activity may also help encourage you to spend some time outdoors. Sunlight on your skin helps your body produce vitamin D, which brings many added health benefits.

Here are some reasons why physical activity is proven to improve both mental and physical health:

*Physical activity boosts mental wellness.

Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. You may not only notice a “feel good sensation” immediately following your physical activity, but most people also note an improvement in general well-being over time during the weeks and months as physical activity becomes a part of your routine.

Exercise increases the flow of oxygen which directly affects the brain. Your mental acuity and memory can be improved with physical activity.

*Physical activity improves physical wellness.

Stronger immunity
Physical activity enhances your immune system and decreases the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Reduced risk factors
Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by as much as 4 to 9 mm Hg. That’s the same reduction in blood pressure delivered by some antihypertensive medications. Physical activity can also boost your levels of good cholesterol.

*Physical activity prolongs your optimal health.

Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. And for each hour of regular exercise you get, you’ll gain about two hours of additional life expectancy, even if you don’t start until middle age. Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, for as little as 30 minutes a day has the proven health benefits listed above as well as:

  1. Improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease
  2. Keeps weight under control
  3. Helps in the battle to quit smoking
  4. Improves blood cholesterol levels
  5. Prevents and manages high blood pressure
  6. Prevents bone loss
  7. Boosts energy level
  8. Helps manage stress
  9. Releases tension
  10. Promotes enthusiasm and optimism
  11. Counters anxiety and depression
  12. Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
  13. Improves self-image
  14. Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical   activities
  15. Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends
  16. Reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30-40 percent
  17. Reduces risk of stroke by 20 percent in moderately active people and by 27 percent in highly active ones
  18. Establishes good heart-healthy habits in children and counters the  conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, poor lifestyle habits, etc.) that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life
  19. Helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer for seniors

So why not see for yourself? Once you make the decision to be healthy and find creative ways to fit physical activity into your life, we think you’ll agree that the effort to get moving is worth it!

Comments

  1. Have you ever considered creating an e-book or guest authoring on other websites?

    I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss
    and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would value your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

    • Jeff Angel says:

      Thanks for reading! I will be doing an e book in the near future and I would love to be a guest writer for other websites. I’ll send an email to you this week. Thanks again!

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