Physical activity can reduce the risk of developing several diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes and drastically improve your health. Regular physical activity can improve your quality of life. Doctors say kids should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. And no matter what your activity level or age is, it is very important to get enough physical activity. Here are some resources and tips that will show you why it is so important, and how it can benefit your emotional and mental health.
BENEFITS OF REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
If you are regularly active, you may:
- feel better – with a better mood and more energy, sleep better and feel more relaxed
- lower the risks of falls
- have stronger joints, muscles and bones and lower the risk of osteoporosis
- have lower blood presure
- reduce the risk of a heart attack
- lower the risk of cancer and diabetes
- manage your weight better.
AIM TO BE ACTIVE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY
To reduce the risks of health problems and to maintain healthy lifestyle, researchers recommend at least 30 min of moderate-intensity activity every day.
MAKE IT FUN
Being active, doesn’t have to be a scary or hard thing. Running around the park, playing hopscotch, jumping rope, riding bikes are all times of physical activity. Any game where you are moving can be great way to keep your heart healthy and your muscles and bones strong. If you can’t do any of the previously mentioned activities alone, ask you friends to join you. You can also make a list of different types of physical activity and make a deal with your friend to try a new activity each week.
Avoid watching TV shows and playing video games, because too much of those are bad for your overall health. Instead of watching TV, you can go out with your friends. And if you are going to be running, I advise you to start by fast walking. To prevent strain or injury, stretch after any workout. The harder and longer you workout, the more water your body needs. To make it your daily workout more fun, try and add new exercises every few weeks. This will keep you motivated!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES
Doing any activity is better than doing none. Be active every day! And if you are not physically active, start by doing some. Muscle strengthening activities should be done at least two days each week. And when choose to workout rather than stay in our beds, our bodies can become faster, stronger and healthier.