In the midst of Covid-19, people are starting to feel the need to get outside. Whether that is to go for a run, play golf, or simply go for a quiet walk to help calm the mind, the common denominator here is, physical activity. Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep our bodies feeling and looking better. It not only offers long-term health benefits but improves your overall wellbeing and quality of life. The best thing is that even right now, during this unprecedented pandemic, anyone can experience the many benefits of physical activity regardless of age, ethnicity, size, or ability.
If you haven’t been physically active in a while and are wondering how to get started again, there really is no formula. Just start! Begin slowly and build your strength and resilience so that you can perform more physically challenging activities. Individuals living with chronic diseases like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure should talk to their doctors about appropriate types and amounts of physical activity to perform. For many, even taking a simple brisk walk is a particularly good place to start. It’s just never too late to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.
Keeps You Physically Fit and Able
When we lead sedentary lives, we tend to take up more calories than are needed, and what happens is that the unused calories accumulate as fat. Along with a proper diet, exercising plays an integral role in controlling your weight by burning extra calories caused by dietary changes and sedentary lifestyles. By staying active, you’ll not only maintain an ideal weight but will also stay fit and able to do activities that require a certain level of physical fitness. Often, inactivity has been mentioned as a top reason for losing the ability to do things on our own even as we get older.
Natural Mood Lifter
Regular physical activity is not only good for your physical health but can also help reduce your risk of depression, anxiety, and help you sleep better. Taking that walk or going for a yoga or dancing session boosts chemicals in your body, which improves your mood. Moderate exercise is enough to help your body produce the “feel-good” hormones called endorphins, helping to develop self-confidence and resilience.
Also look at it this way, if you are feeling down or unhappy, staying active by either going to the gym or a run serves as a distraction, which allows you to find some quiet time to break out of the negative thought cycle that easily feeds depression. Most people will admit that they feel calm and a sense of wellbeing after staying active. So, next time you are feeling stressed with all of life’s curveballs, try to get up and start moving.
Helps You Live Longer
Research has established that physical activity reduces your risk of dying early from chronic diseases like heart disease or some cancers. Adults who sit less and do any amount of physical activity for even about 150 minutes a week have a 33% lower risk of all-cause of premature mortality than those who are physically inactive.
Make healthy choices such as challenging yourself to meet your daily or weekly physical activity goals for a more engaging life that can lead to a happier, healthier you.
Strengthens Your Bones and Muscles
As you become older, it’s imperative to protect your bones, joint and muscles to help ensure that you can do your daily activities comfortably. By remaining active by doing aerobics, bone and muscle strengthening exercises, you can significantly slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. Such activities promote bone growth and bone strength, helping to improve your ability to do everyday tasks, which in turn improves the quality of life.
Therefore, if you’re a physically active aging adult, you have a lower risk of experiencing functional limitations than inactive people. Physical activity also reduces the risk of fall-related injuries and fractures, which can cause serious health conditions that could result in life-changing negative results.
Reduces Your Health Risk
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the US. While some diseases can’t be prevented, regular physical activity and adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
Even if you already have any of these conditions, exercise can help you manage them more effectively.
Boosts Your Brain Health
Being physically active can sharpen your thinking, learning, and judgment skills even as you grow older. The same endorphins that improve your mood also help you concentrate and feel mentally alert for tasks at hand.
You don’t need to devote hours to train at the gym or run for miles to reap all these benefits. All you need is to commit to some moderate physical activity, however little and your mind and body will have you to thank. Amrit Resort & Residences has all the opportunities that bring you closer to leading a physically fit lifestyle.