The world is your oyster, you’re not an oyster however!
6 AM: Getting ready for work.(Standing)
7 AM: Having Breakfast. (Sitting)
8 AM: The commute. (Sitting)
9 AM – 5PM: Work. (Sitting)
5 PM: The commute. (Sitting)
6 PM: Dinner. (Sitting)
7 PM: Netflix/ TV. (Sitting)
9 PM – 6AM: Bed time. (Lying down)
Something needs to give!
1. Physical activity controls weight.
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.
Regular trips to the gym are great, but don’t worry if you can’t find a large chunk of time to exercise every day. Any amount of activity is better than none at all.
2. Physical activity combats health conditions and diseases.
Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight is, being active helps prevent or manage many health problems and concerns, including:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
Many types of cancer
It can also help improve cognitive function and helps lower the risk of death from all causes.
3. Physical activity improves mood.
Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk walk can help. Exercise stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
4. Physical activity boosts energy.
Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance.
Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
5. Physical activity promotes better sleep.
Struggling to sleep? Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster, get better sleep and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to go to sleep.
6. Exercise can be fun… and social!
Exercise and physical activity can be enjoyable. They give you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting.
So take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it!