Everybody knows how important it is to be physically fit. But do we really know why? While common sense tells us that we must be physically fit to achieve longer lives, there are still a lot of benefits we can obtain, as far as getting fit is concerned. Below are some of the many benefits of physical fitness.
You Will Live A Longer and Healthier Life. When you constantly do regular exercises, you are most likely to reduce your risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, type two diabetes, and some types of cancer. Doing physical activities also helps reduce your risk of stroke. There is a study conducted which involved 20,000 men and it was noted that lean but unfit men had twice the risk of having health problems than in men who are both fit and lean.
You can Keep Off Excess Body Fat. Most people have this misconception that doing simple diets alone can help them lose body fat. Actually it does. However, diet also means losing some muscles along with the body fat and it tends to slow down your body’s metabolism. Thus, dieting alone will not help. You need to include exercise in your weight loss program so you will lose your excess body fat but still retain the necessary muscles in your body without slowing your metabolism down. For people who are already within their ideal body weight, doing some regular exercises can help them avoid additional body fat in the future.
Exercise Gives you More Strength, Stamina and Energy. Some people who constantly whine about them getting tired easily and that they say they do not have the much needed energy to get them through the day do not really understand the importance of doing regular exercise. Exercise can actually provide you with the much needed energy and stamina.
In a recent study, middle-aged women who are physically active for a year resulted to becoming 27% more active than before they began doing exercises. With regular exercise, you are more likely to increase your strength as well, thus allowing you to conveniently handle daily activities like carrying heavy grocery bags or climbing flights of stairs to your working place.
Exercise Keeps your Bones Strong. Men and women alike begin to lose their body’s bone mass the moment they hit their 35th year. It has long been proven that lifting some weight do not only stop bone mass loss but also, in can reverse it. By doing exercises, you are getting yourself away from the risk of developing osteoporosis. Walking and running have also been proven to keep your bones strong.