The Benefits of Physical Activity
Physical activity and sports are a fundamental element of our lives. They foster our competitive drive, keep us healthy and teach us what it takes to succeed. Sports and fitness assist us in unlocking our full potential. To celebrate physical activity and sports, the month of May has been declared as National Physical Fitness and Sports month. This month, we celebrate and recognize the parents, coaches, educators and all who instill the importance of fitness in our lives! This May, we come together as a country to renew our commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. What better way to celebrate physical activity as the warm summer weather and sunshine make their way into the atmosphere.
Physical fitness is a vital component in maintaining a healthy life no matter your age. Regular exercise contributes to long-term health benefits such as preventing chronic diseases and relieve stress. Physical activity has the ability to guide you down a better path physically and mentally. The health benefits of daily exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore including:
- Better sleep. Regular physical activity improves your ability to fall asleep quicker and deepen your sleep.
- Boost brainpower. Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function. Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity.
- Reduce stress. As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start moving or working out, you'll experience less stress in every part of your life. Exercise produces a relaxation response that serves as a positive distraction. It helps elevate your mood and keep depression at bay.
- Control weight. A reason why many exercise is to stay fit and maintain a goal weight. Controlling your weight through daily exercise reduces your chances of becoming overweight or obese as well as many health risk that may rise from being so.
- Boost energy. During exercise and physical activity, oxygen and nutrients are released to your tissues, helping your cardiovascular system. This triggers your heart and lungs to work more efficiently which will boost your energy during everyday activities.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, it is recommended that you exercise on average of one hour per day. Whether you divide your hour up through the day or complete all at once, it is all effective just the same. Achieve your daily exercise by going for a hike with your four-legged friend, competing in a game of flag football with the family or dancing the night away with your pals! By exercising at least one hour per day, you are increasing your chances of a healthier and longer life.
Physical fitness and daily exercise may not be ideal for some as they may not be motivated or cannot find the time in their busy schedule. It’s important to know that there are many ways to fit in your daily dose of exercise during your everyday life without hitting the gym. For example, you may not realize that you are exercising while cleaning house, mowing the lawn, grocery shopping, or even playing an instrument or game. Everyday habits such as walking from place to place, brushing your teeth, blow drying your hair, washing the dishes, and carrying laundry are all ways of exercise. You may not notice that you are achieving your daily exercise goals during everyday responsibilities.
Whether you are workout at the gym or home or wherever you wish, by including routine physical activity in your life you are pushing yourself to being a stronger and healthier you. Join the country in celebrating physical activity and sports this month. This May, strive to be better; strive to be strong.