When we are very young, say in our teens to late twenties, we do not realize the importance of being fit. Because we are young, our body is capable of coping up with all the mental and physical stress and abuse. Because we do not bother to take care of our body during these years, there is no insurance for middle age and old age.
Just like any machinery collapses or some part of it wears out due to negligence or no maintenance, the body too is biological machinery with several systems working inside and lack of care and maintenance may gradually lead to certain handicaps with age. It is simple, “Don’t use it, you lose it”.
Regardless of over-weight or non over weight, staying fit is an insurance to be self dependent in old age. As a minimum requirement, every individual should accumulate at least 30 minutes of exercise on most and preferably all days of the week.
Fitness provides health benefits, that is low risk for disease and being able to perform daily activities with vigour, can be achieved with moderate amount of exercise.
There are several diseases which are called lifestyle diseases which are associated with sedentary lifestyle combined with not so healthy diet. Exercise prevents occurrence of cardiac events, reduces the incidence of stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, breast cancer, osteoporotic fractures, gallbladder disease, obesity, depression, anxiety and delay mortality.
Individuals who change from a sedentary lifestyle to being physically active or who change from being physically unfit to physically fit, experience lower rates of disease compared with those who continue to remain sedentary or unfit. It is never too late to become physically active to achieve health benefits.
Improvement in your physical health will have a positive impact on your family, your personal relationships, your business and every aspect of your life. Apart from these it also helps you to reduce your expenditures on health care thus providing you the economic benefit as well. Exercise is a health tool to achieve physical fitness and every individual whether over weight or non overweight should take its importance seriously.
Exercise requires efforts and self control, but when these are combined to form a healthy life style, the rewards that you reap are beyond substantial. Individuals lead a more enjoyable, energetic and happier life.