Everyone knows that being active is healthy. Yet people still don’t do it. Obesity continue to go up. People continue to die from heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, strokes, and other factors that could be reverse through physical activity. So in hope that someone reads this, here is what some of the benefits of physical activity, based on the A.C.S.M. guidelines.

Benefits Of Physical Activity

Before we get into the benefits of physical activity, I want to remind you about what physical activity is. From an earlier post, here is the definition of physical activity as I see it:

“In science, physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that result in energy expenditure. In real life, physical activity is basically anything that you break a sweat doing. Really anything. Do you work when you vacuum the house? That is physical activity. Do you work when you chase your grand kids? That is physical activity. Do you work when you go shopping and have to walk around the entire mall? That is physical activity.”

When I talk about physical activity, I am not talking about 3×10 in a gym. Working out is a form of physical activity, but it is exercise (formed physical activity). Physical activity is just being action. Breaking a sweat. Something that gets your heart rate up without being “planned” or “structured”. So with that said, here are a few benefits of plain, old, simple physical activity.

First, your heart rate increases, as does the strength of the contractions of the heart. This, in certain terms, is a good thing. You are exercising your heart without putting a huge stress on it. Also, your blood flow increases. You get more blood through the body, which not only helps to keep the blood flowing through your body, it also helps rids the body of toxins that build up inside your body. The endocrine system releases hormones into your blood. These hormones help regulate your blood glucose, breakdown fat, and regulate your electrolytes. Also, your resting blood pressure goes down, your HDL goes up, and your fat-to-blood ratio goes down. You also feel better about yourself so your self concept and well being are increase as your anxiety and depression go down.

And the number 1 reason why you should be active

If all those reasons are not enough to get your to start partaking in physical activity everyday, how about the biggest reason: You will live longer. Studies have shown that people who remain physical active significantly increase their life longevity. You could not care about all the physiological “stuff” that happens, but if there is one reason why you should be active throughout your whole life, it is the fact that you will have life. You will live longer. You will live healthier and happier. If that isn’t a reason to start being active, I don’t know what is.

So go get active and enjoy your long life.

To your health –

Z