The usefulness of regular physical activity

It has been proven that sedentary lifestyle is a risk factor for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death in the developed world. On the other hand, the active life is directly linked to numerous social and psychological benefits and is associated with longer life expectancy, because, people who practice regular physical activity live longer. Regular physical activity helps to improve overall health and physical fitness and reduce the risk of developing several diseases and conditions:

  • reduces risk of developing heart disease and blood vessels
  • prevents development of high blood pressure (hypertension), and helps to maintain blood pressure within desirable limits to patients suffering from hypertension
  • improves function of the heart and respiratory system
  • maintains body’s metabolism and reduces risk of developing diabetes mellitus
  • increases fat utilization, which help to maintain body weight and reduce risk of developing obesity
  • improves bone mineralization at an early age, which helps to prevent the development of osteoporosis and fractures in the elderly
  • improves and regulates digestion
  • keeps and improves muscle strength and endurance, increasing ability to perform successfully the tasks
  • maintains the body, such as strength and balance
  • maintains mental health and reduces the risk of depression and dementia
  • reduces stress and improves sleep quality
  • personal satisfaction, improves self-esteem and raises spirituality and optimism
  • decreases work absences
  • for older people reduces the risk of falling; fighting and preventing the development of chronic diseases associated with aging

The introduction of regular physical activity in the daily schedule, at first may seem difficult, but we should not lose faith and motivation. Once physical activity becomes an integral part of the day, you will notice big changes in the body, feelings of pleasure and happiness, which will be an additional incentive to continue with physical activity