Physical fitness helps our body to stay in the best shape that it’s capable of – leading to a longer, healthier, happier life. Fitness, in general, refers to both being physically and mentally fit – both of which rely on one another. People who are physically fit often maintain a healthy weight, and are not prone to cardiac and other health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. There are several aspects of being physically fit:
- Avoiding junk foods, fizzy drinks, and unhealthy habits like cigarettes
- Eating nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables
- Taking proper vitamins
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting plenty of rest
- Getting adequate amount of exercise each day
- Spending more time outdoors and in the sun
- Taking part in healthy activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking, playing football, etc.
Being physically fit is shown to help boost your immune system, meaning that you are less likely to get sick, according to the University of Minnesota. This is further confirmed by Reiner, Niermann, Jekauc, and Woll (2013) who conducted a systematic review of longitudinal studies and found that of 288, 724 subjects, physical activity had long-term positive influences on diseases such as weight gain, obesity, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
According to Edward Laskowski, MD from Mayo Clinic in 2016, healthy physical fitness levels involve approximately 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. It is suggested that these exercises be spread out throughout the course of a week rather than all at once. Strength training for all muscle groups at least 2 times a week is recommended, and brisk walking, swimming, and activities like mowing the lawn are all beneficial exercises.
Physical activity means that you will look better, feel better, sleep better, and will even increase your mental and social well being. By staying active, you are taking part in your present and future. Physical fitness will help you develop stronger and healthier bones, and will reduce your chances of becoming depressed. Take steps today to better your physical fitness so that you can lead a longer, healthier life.
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