Why is physical activity important for overall wellbeing?
You must have heard a number of times how Exercise is important for ‘good health’. But did you know that the right amount of exercise can help you enhance energy levels, uplift your mood and help you boost your self-esteem? Experts recommend that you should get at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity each day. But it is not always possible to exercise every day and sometimes a few days off can turn into extended periods of time.
Here are some benefits of regular physical activity that will keep you motivated.
Physical activity helps your body develop strength and flexibility which in-turn helps your body to function properly. without physical activity your body starts to slowly lose all the muscles, strength and stamina, this heavily impacts the immune system making you more vulnerable to sicknesses and diseases. Too much sitting and other sedentary activities can increase the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
There is a Strong connection between physical activity and mental wellbeing. Regular physical activity has proven to reduce stress,depression,anxiety and anger. Physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that help you feel good and boost your self-esteem. Research has proved that physical activity improves concentration and helps you sleep better.
People who engage in vigorous physical activity burn more calories and look more toned than those who don’t. Working out brings on more confidence to about your body and that puts you in a sexier mindset. Research has also proved that regular exercise creates substances in the body that slows down skin aging.
Doing some physical activity is better than no activity at all. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some and gradually build up on the amount of activity. Be active on all days of the week. Practice exercising for at least 30 minutes each day and increase the time once you get comfortable with it. Practice muscle strengthening exercises at least two days a week.
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