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The importance of regular physical activity

By on July 21, 2015

Learn how your body benefits from daily exercise routines

Physical activity is essential to prevent and reduce risks of many diseases and improve overall physical and mental health. It may help you live longer (add up to five years to your life) and also live better by offering physical, mental and social benefits.

Regular training routine makes it easier for you to:

  • Minimize the risks of developing diseases

  • Feel stronger both physically and mentally

  • Improve the overall health status

  • Avoid daily injuries and easier perform daily tasks

  • Have better looks and a fit figure

A higher quality of life, improved sleep, reduced stress levels and boosted morale are a few extra-pluses that sport will bring to your daily life.

On the other hand, lack of physical activity is associated with:

  • Increased risks of anxiety, stress, feelings of depression

  • Developing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, obesity

  • Premature death

The sedentary lifestyle so common in our nowadays society can be deadlier than smoking. Physical inactivity seems to be the cause of 6-10% of the non-communicable diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes and several kinds of cancer).

Here are 10 good reasons to lead a more active life:

1. Live longer, healthier years

2. Boost physical and mental status

3. Reduce depression and anxiety

4. Increase the quality of sleep

5. Have better looks

6. Always be in shape and enjoy your daily chores

7. Have stronger muscles, bones and overall body

8. Achieve and/or maintain a healthy weight

9. Be socially more active

10. Have more fun

And if we’re talking numbers, physical activity reduces risks for the following 10 conditions:

Regardless age and gender, if no special requirements due to the health status, moderate and regular physical exercise improves the overall quality of life, boosting the chances to longer keep in shape and also have a perfect figure.

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About Laura Parvan

Medical professional, blogging passionate, with a high interest in social media impact on health-care information.

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