Physical fitness is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to squeeze some sort of physical activity into a busy life as there are so many options! It could mean walking 🚶to the shop instead of driving, 🚘 or it could mean going to your local gym. Physical fitness looks different for everyone and it’s important to find out where you can get some extra movement in. 🤸
Finding the best form of exercise is completely personal to you. You might be someone who loves pumping iron at the gym 💪, playing tennis or you might be someone who prefers yoga and pilates flows. 🧘There’s no one form of exercise that suits everyone, so if you don’t know what you like, give a few different activities a try and find out what’s best for you!
How much exercise should I be doing?
The UK Chief Medical Officer’s Physical Activity Guidelines state that adults should aim to incorporate at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. ⏱ Which is broken down into days is roughly 21 minutes a day, this can be as simple as going for an evening walk or a light jog.
What are the physical benefits? 🍏
The benefits of exercise seem endless, but according to the NHS, partaking in physical activity can reduce your risk of major illnesses such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. It can also lower your risk of an early death by 30%. If that isn’t motivation, we don’t know what is!
Lower blood pressure
High blood pressure can put you at risk of many different diseases such as heart disease and even strokes. Taking part in some extra physical activity can actually improve your heart’s strength, meaning less effort is needed to pump blood around your body. 🩸
Improves bone strength
If you’re into exercises such as running or dancing, it’s proven that these forms of physical activity can improve bone density in adolescents and can help adults maintain their bone density. Resistance training can also help improve bone strength, which means you’ll reduce your risk of osteoporosis. 🦴
🔑 Key tip! Maintaining bone strength is especially important for older generations as well as menopausal women. This is because it can help women slow down the natural loss of bone density with age.
Improves muscle strength
Contrary to what you might think, muscles aren’t there just to look good, 💪 they serve a big purpose in our day-to-day lives. As we get older, it’s common for muscle mass to decrease, a reason for this could be the lower levels of physical activity. A reduction in muscle mass can lead to reduced mobility and could increase your risk of falls. Taking part in regular resistance training can help improve the strength of your muscles and make you stronger overall!
How can physical fitness help your mind? 🧠
Something we should all know by now is that physical fitness results in a healthier mind. With its mood-boosting effects, physical activity is a great coping mechanism for anyone dealing with stress, anxiety or other mental health issues.
Helps manage stress and anxiety
Exercise releases happy hormones, also known as endorphins. 😁 Not only does physical activity boost our mood, but also releases cortisol. Cortisol helps us manage stress and anxiety. Exercise is a great way to distract our brain when you feel like you can’t focus on anything else, it’s a great healthy coping mechanism.
Better quality sleep
As we know, sleep is a vital component of a healthy mind. By getting in some extra exercise during the day, you’ll be ready to go to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
Physical activity can increase our self-esteem, which is how we see and feel about ourselves. It’s a key indicator for mental wellbeing and affects how we act towards stress triggers. It can make you feel have a more positive attitude towards your physical health as exercise might help you meet some of your goals.
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