Why fitness should be your top priority for getting the most out of life
Regular physical activity allows you to do many things. Some of the prize gains are feeling better both mentally and physically, reduced chance of disease and injury and remaining fit and healthy to continue living the life you want for longer. And it can even extend your life! According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, research indicates regular exercise can add up to five years to your life.
Keeping physically active also allows you to keep in shape and so, leisure activities, work and even chores can be carried out safely i.e. it is known that regular exercise improves posture and for example, when vacuuming the house, it’s easy to hunch over and cause spinal issues. With regular fitness, this can be avoided because your posture will be better naturally.
There are also many social and mental benefits in fitness as well which, according to the Lancet (UK Medical Journal), studies have shown include a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress.
The people behind the studies at Lancet have suggested that your sedentary lifestyle may be as bad for your health as smoking. They also suggest that 6-10% of the worlds non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart diseases are caused by lack of physical activity.
What happens if you don’t have good health?
If you don’t look after your health by watching what you eat, how much you eat and how much exercise you do, you could end up with a disease like diabetes.
Diabetes can be a difficult disease to cope with. You have to cut out all fatty foods and fried food, exercise regularly, go for eye tests due to damage of blood vessels which occurs when you have diabetes, inject yourself with insulin before every meal and check your blood sugar levels regularly. You also have to go for neuropathy checks which is damage to nerves in the body, which is common with diabetes.
If you don’t do some of these things, you could end up collapsing and needing an ambulance. You could then have a hypoglycaemic attack if your blood sugar levels are low and this can result in a coma, proving to be fatal!
You have to be on guard at all times otherwise you could end up losing your life. It’s a serious disease and can be avoided.
What if you do have good health?
If you do have good health, your quality of life could be greater. This is because you are able to do more and worry less. This automatically prevents health-related stress. It may be easier to prevent diseases from happening than it is getting rid of them once you have them.
It’s often said that “you don’t realise what you have until it’s gone”. This can also be applied to good health. You might overlook how your good health is keeping your quality of life at a good level and that if your health was to get worse, so would the quality of life.
Having good health can also help you be in a good mood. This is because your blood sugar levels are steady and your body is eating the right foods, taking in the right amount of water and doing the right amount of exercise. This keeps all the chemistry in your body level and so, allows you to feel comfortable. Whereas if you were diabetic, it’s easy to feel tired, groggy and down due to high blood sugar levels.
Fitness for kids
Regular physical exercise is important for younger generations too, especially with the rise of obesity in children. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and social discrimination are just a few of the possible consequences of a childhood spent in front of the television or the internet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that children should be spending at least 60 minutes or more of doing aerobic activity a day. Are the children in your family doing that?
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting articles on how to start engaging in fitness and different aspects of it to be aware of. This includes diet, what it’s like in a gym and what type of training is best for you.
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