Our bodies were designed to move, not to sit most of the day at work, home or in an office. There’s no shortage of evidence that regular physical activity is good for you. Many of us have experienced ourselves just how satisfying it can be to climb into bed pleasantly tired after a day of being physically active.
What are the reasons for getting more physically active?
- reduce your risk of a heart attack
- manage your weight better
- have a lower blood cholesterol level
- lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
- have lower blood pressure
- have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
- lower your risk of falls
- feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
- Exercise may block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries.
- Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
To maintain health and reduce your risk of health problems, health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
So this summer let’s stop making excuses and try to keep active. No need to get a gym membership. Small changes in your lifestyle can help :
-Park the car further away from your destination.
-Get up more often throughout the day (sit to stand desk is a good idea ).
-Take the stairs.
-Do a quick 20 min HITT workout in your local park.