Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Being physically active also has an exponential value to it, as the more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits.
Physical activity and nutrition work together for better health. Being active increases the amount of calories burned. As people age their metabolism slows, so maintaining energy balance requires moving more and eating less.
According to the USDA, being physically active on a regular basis can help you:
- Increase your chances of living longer
- Feel better about yourself
- Decrease your chances of becoming depressed
- Sleep well at night
- Move around more easily
- Have stronger muscles and bones
- Stay at or get to a healthy weight
- Be with friends or meet new people
- Enjoy yourself and have fun
However, if you are not physically active, you are more likely to:
- Get heart disease
- Get type 2 diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high blood cholesterol
- Have a stroke
While there are many types of physical activities, each with their own benefits, certain types are more beneficial than others, including:
- Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity. Vigorous activities take more effort than moderate ones. For moderate activities, you can talk while you do them, but you can’t sing. For vigorous activities, you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.
- Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger. These include activities like push-ups and lifting weights. It is important to work all the different parts of the body — your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders and arms.
- Bone-strengthening activities make your bones stronger. Bone-strengthening activities, like jumping, are especially important for children and adolescents. These activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.
- Balance and stretching activities enhance physical stability and flexibility, which reduces risk of injuries. Examples are gentle stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and t’ai chi.
At AMP Fitness, we are dedicated to helping people get fit and live healthier lifestyles.
We know how difficult finding an effective workout regimen can be. If you are serious about getting results and reclaiming your attractive, healthy, and energetic body and stop “spinning your wheels” once and for all, please don’t wait another minute to contact us. We can help you achieve all of your fitness goals and get you there faster than you ever thought possible!
Just give us a call at 216-236-3674 and we’ll help you get started on your journey to a more active and healthier life.