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Why be active?
Benefits of Physical Activity

  • Lowers mortality and morbidity and prolongs life.
  • Reduces risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease and stroke.
  • Reduces risk of developing diabetes.
  • Reduces risk of developing hypertension.
  • Lowers elevated blood lipids.
  • Reduces blood pressure in those already with hypertension and other chronic degenerative diseases.
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight and reduce overweight and obesity.
  • Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Exercise produces ‘endorphins’ the happy hormones that elevates the mood
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.
Weight Control
If your body doesn't burn up all the energy it takes in, then the excess energy turns to fat. This can be controlled. The two physical ways to combat weight gain are to:

  • Reduce energy intake to the body
  • Increase energy out (increase physical activity). Sometimes becoming more active is easier than giving up unhealthy favorite foods.
Sometimes there are emotional reasons for eating or drinking. Exercise also helps with ‘Emotional Eating’ as it is a mood enhancer. Talking with a professional counselor, such as a psychologist, can help you take control.
Weight control along with control of the waist line is the key to prevent diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol levels.

Strength
Physical activity can do more than just help control weight. Your muscles, your heart, and other parts of your body grow stronger and more efficient when they are called upon regularly for the effort required in being active. In this way strength, skill and endurance are developed.

A recent study showed that the people with higher cardio respiratory fitness were less likely to die of heart disease - regardless of their bodyweight.

Weight-bearing exercise prevents the loss of minerals from bones. In this way regular exercises such as walking, jogging, aerobic dancing and tennis help to maintain strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Back problems and poor posture can be avoided through physical activity that
improves flexibility in the muscles of the lower back, and strengthens stomach and back muscles. Pilates and yoga are especially good for this.

Improving mental health
Mental health can be helped by physical activity too. Psychological benefits that are well connected to physical activity include:
  • A greater sense of well being
  • Increased self esteem
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
  • More access to social networks
Physical activity helps you relax and improves your ability to cope with stress. Sleeping is improved too - which further enhances your ability to handle everyday challenges.
 
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