Being physically active has more benefits than you may think and it doesn’t have to be as intense as you may think. Physical activity doesn’t need to be intense or time-consuming to be beneficial. And the more active you are, the greater the health benefits. On average, a person should be active 20-30 minutes a day. Here are the benefits of being active and what it does to you and your body.
Benefits of Being Active
Improves Mental Health
Physical activity is not only good for your physical health – but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Numerous studies have shown that being physically active can help reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, and increase self-esteem. Exercise has been shown to be an effective way to lower stress levels. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Endorphins are commonly referred to as the “feel-good” chemicals.
Protect Against Health Conditions
According to MedlinePlus, “Exercise causes a change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. However, no one knows whether these changes help prevent infections”.
Boost Energy Levels
If you’re feeling tired and low on energy, a little exercise can be just what you need to boost your energy levels. Even moderate-intensity physical activity can help to increase your energy levels and reduce fatigue. Trust us, we know when you are tired the last thing you want to do is go move around, but most likely when you are done, you will feel so much better!
Helps You Sleep Better
If you’re struggling with insomnia or other sleep problems, regular exercise may help you sleep better. Exercise can help to regulate your sleep patterns and can also improve the quality of your sleep.
Stronger Bones and Muscles
As you get older, it’s important to protect your bones, joints, and muscles. Keeping your bones, joints, and muscles healthy can help ensure that you’re able to do your daily activities and be physically active. Muscle-strengthening activities such as lifting weights can help you increase or maintain your muscle mass and strength.
Helps Your Brain
According to Whole Brain Health, “When we do high-intensity Exercise our heart rate increases, supplying more blood flow to the brain. The increased heart rate also increases our breathing, making us breathe harder and faster. As a result, more oxygen is supplied to our bloodstream, more oxygen reaches our brain. This leads to neurogenesis, which is the production of neurons”.
There are many ways to be active, and it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or running for miles. Here are some ways to get active during your day!
- Taking a brisk walk
- Going for a swim
- Take a yoga class
- Take the stairs
- Bike Ride
So get up and get moving! There are plenty of reasons to make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Do something as simple as going for a walk or doing household chores to lifting weights at your home gym or at the gym! You got this!
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