10 Benefits of Physical Activity

 
Physical activity or regular exercise helps many of the body’s system to function better. Regular exercise does more than keep us fit and benefits everyone in many ways, so get moving and start reaping the rewards exercise has to offer.
         
   The following are what exercise can give you:

1. Improves your overall health.
Physical activity will make your overall lifestyle much better. You can live your life to the fullest.

2. Helps you manage stress.
Physical activity helps you manage stress more effectively. It helps you in reducing stress and gives you more strength to fight life’s challenges.

3. Boosts your energy.
Physical activity also increases your strength and stamina. It increases your stamina and ability to do continuous work.

4. Helps you lose weight.
It elevates your metabolism so you burn more calories everyday and helps you prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss.

5. Boosts your immune system.
You will be healthier as exercise reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

6. Slows the aging process.
Regular physical activity postpones the process of aging and increases the longevity of life. It keeps your bones strong and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

7. Improves appearance.
Physical activity tones body muscles helping you to look fit and healthy.

8. Boosts your confidence.
Physical activity provides good appearance that gives you a sense of accomplishment, which is a boost to confidence.

9. Gives better sleep.
It improves your sleeping habit. The energized feeling you get after a workout may keep you falling asleep.

10. Fights depression.
Effects of physical activity and exercise on mood are immediate. It makes you feel better and fight depression.

Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression, and anger. It enhances your immune system and decreases the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Your mental activity and memory can improve with physical activity. It develops your strength and stamina and ability to function well. So find creative ways to fit physical activity into your life, you’ll agree that the effort to get moving is worth it.

Teresita I. Dacumos, the contributor, is a Physical Education teacher in Pinagbuhatan High School, Pasig City; Philippines. She believes that physical activity improves wellness and boost mental wellness. Her facebook email account is giodion02@yahoo.com.

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION:
What kind of exercise is best for highschool/college students?

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Comments

Some ways I was active this weekend was playing baseball, clibing trees, and running around with my little cousins. I think phsical activity doesn't just have to be running on the track it can be fun like playing tag or swimming. Being active is healthy and fun!

what i did this past weekend to be active is go on runs. i play sports with my little brother. i help my sister with her volleyball practice. i will play some sports with my family and it a good exersie for all of us in our family.

This weekend I went on a 25 mile bike ride with my family. It was pretty easy. I will add more distance on later rides.

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