Do we really need to pursue an active lifestyle? Sometimes just the thought of exercise seems to hard. The truth of the matter is that you'll be a much healthier person if you remain physically active.
Across all age groups physical activity can produce some surprising results. Exercise helps prevents disease. By leading a physically active lifestyle, you're less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, have a stroke or get certain types of cancers, such as colon, prostate, and breast cancer.
Physical inactivity is ranked just behind cigarette smoking as a cause of ill health. “The human genome developed over many thousands of years in an environment of high physical activity. Today, the still expects a lifestyle involving high physical exertion”.(Booth et al Journal of Applied Physiology 2000).
These are the benefits often experienced by people who get regular physical activity.
* increase bone density
* increase muscle mass
* improve balance
* decrease incidence of falls
* improve ability of muscle to take up blood glucose / bloodsugar
* reduce body fat, look better
* look more youthful
* increase confidence
* increase mobility
* focus on the present
* consistent exercise over time decreases systolic anddiastolic bloodpressure
* lowers resting heart rate
* meet new people, increase social interaction helps to control blood pressure lower the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones) in later life helps to keep you mobile and independent (particularly in later life)
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