THINK HEALTH

Let’s be honest, after a hard day's work, there aren’t many of us who actually look forward to exercising. But there have been enough “healthy living” campaigns run over the years so that we all know that it is important to live in a healthy way. So have you ever really thought why you’re being encouraged to live healthily? Many common diseases that we have all heard about can be prevented by exercise and this is why it is important to maintain a regular fitness regime.

 

Heart Disease

Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK and it’s not just older people that can suffer from it. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease. Studies have found that increasing fitness through daily physical activity can lower your risk of contracting heart disease by improving heart efficiency and blood circulation, improving cholesterol levels, increasing muscle strength, managing high blood pressure and managing stress.

 

Obesity

We all know that becoming overweight or obese can result in many health problems. Obesity can lead to other diseases which can be much more difficult to treat. Stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some types of cancer, in addition to heart disease, are all obesity-related diseases and conditions, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of developing these conditions. It is recommended that we do 30 minutes or more of physical activity on most days of the week to maintain a healthy weight, and more activity may be necessary to lose weight.

 

Mental Health

With more and more people suffering from mental illnesses, recent research has reported that physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and enhance overall well-being. Additionally, a 2009 study journal found that individuals who engaged in less than 60 minutes of physical activity per week were more likely to experience feelings of hopelessness about their future. The study concluded that low levels of fitness are associated with feelings of hopelessness, which can lead to other mental and physical health problems.

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