Wellness enthusiast and author Carol Welch famously said, “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.”
Fit people have the perfect opportunity to live life to its fullest. Various research findings even point to the fact that you are less prone to medical conditions when you are both physically and mentally fit.
So, why is physical fitness important for health and general wellbeing?
1.It is a mood lifter
Involvement in regular physical activity has been known to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger. There is a feel-good sensation that lingers on after engagement in physical activity. In-fact, many people have noticed that they are in better spirits after incorporating physical activity into their daily routines.
- It keeps you physically fit and able
Physical activity involves a lot of movement. Without movement and by extension physical activity, your body eventually loses its strength, stamina and ability to properly function. Regular exercise boosts muscle strength which gives you the ability to engage in other physical activities.
- It keeps the doctor away
Just as the proverbial apple, physical activity too keeps the doctor away. Being stationary for long periods and other sedentary activities can increase your chances of stroke and heart disease. Being physically active on the other hand can help you;
- Prevent bone loss that can eventually result in osteoporosis
- Keep your weight under control
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve blood circulation
All of these can lead to fewer trips to the doctor, lower medical expenses and prescriptions later in life.
- It can help increase life expectancy
It has been extensively reported that physically active people outlive their inactive counterparts by close to seven years. By staying physically active, you can prevent or completely delay chronic illnesses and conditions associated with aging.
Other benefits to be derived from regular physical activity are;
- The ability to manage stress and tension
- Improved self-image and confidence
- Improved energy levels which boosts overall productivity
- Improved sleep and overall relaxation for your body and mind
Where do you get moving?
There are various forms of physical activity to keep you fit and healthy. You could opt to enroll in a gym, join a running club, a group of hikers or simply purpose to walk regularly for about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
It is quite easy to get yourself involved in any form of physical activity. It doesn’t involve you making wholesome changes to your life. All you need to do is incorporate more activity into your schedule, a step at a time.2