Why is Physical Activity So Important for Health and Well-being?

Why is Physical Activity So Important for Health and Well-being?

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What is your daily routine like? Do you ride in a bus or car to get to and from work? After work, do you spend time talking to friends or family members over the phone? Do you watch television or surf the net for relaxation? If this pattern describes your life, this blog post will help you learn why and how you can make some changes.

Physical inactivity, especially among adults is a concern. It is the main reason many people lack physical fitness. Physical fitness is a state in which all body systems function together efficiently.

Most experts agree physical activity plays a key role in achieving and maintaining good health. Nearly everyone can be at least moderately active, regardless of age or physical limitations. Many activities that promote good health are free and require no special equipment. If you have been relatively inactive, this moderate level of activity would be a good place for you to start. You may be surprised by how easy it is to include more activity in your lifestyle.

Will 30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Make a Difference?

To achieve the goal of good health, try to accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate activity throughout the day. Plan to accumulate this much activity nearly every day.

Notice you do not have to set aside a 30-minute exercise period. You can accomplish this goal through lifestyle physical activities that are part of your daily routine. You could spend 10 minutes riding your bicycle to school and another 10 minutes riding home. Then take your dog for a 10 – minute walk or spend 10 minutes shooting baskets in the driveway with friends. By the end of the day, you have accumulated a total of 30 minutes of activity.

Is Doing Household Chores a Physical Activity?

Many household tasks can count as part of your daily physical activity. Pushing the lawnmower, shoveling snow, and raking leaves all require a moderate amount of physical effort. Sweeping the floor, washing the car, and using the vacuum cleaner will get your body moving, too. Even carrying laundry and groceries calls for you to use your muscles.

If you have been active, becoming active is more important than the type of activity you choose.

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