Throughout our lives, many people such as doctors, teachers, parents, and coaches have told us the importance of physical activity and living an active life style. It has always been our choice to decide to follow their advice or to completely disregard it and live by our own rules. There has been a lot of research done and many articles written about the importance of physical activity and how it can be beneficial to our lives. The article “Statement on Exercise: Benefits and Recommendations for Physical Activity Programs for All Americans” by the Committee on Exercise and Cardiac Rehabilitation of the Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association explains some of the health benefits of continuing to exercise throughout your life, gives some examples of physical activities to participate in and how they can be good for you, and explains how there needs to be even more research done on physical activities to fully understand all of the health benefits that exercise can give us. No matter who you are or where you come from, physical activity and exercise is extremely important for your health.
There are many health benefits that have already been discovered from the research done on physical activities and exercise. Physical activity and exercise can have an impact on your heart rate and your oxygen intake. Studies show that physical activity and exercise can improve the amount of blood that your heart can pump out in one beat, decrease the amount of oxygen your body needs, and can improve your body’s ability to use the blood and oxygen it receives more efficiently. Physical activity and exercise can help improve your metabolism and can help your body weight/proportion if you combine it with healthy eating habits. Some of the other biological benefits that physical activity and exercise can have are aerobic endurance, joint flexibility, maintenance of muscular strength and mass, and bone mineral density. Physical activity and exercise can also have a psychological effect on us as well. Some studies show that people who participate in physical activities and exercise can perform better on tests, have higher self-confidence, respond less to stress, and show fewer signs of anxiety and depression. Physical activity and exercise can be good for you regardless of your age and no matter what kind of activity or exercise you choose to participate in.
Many options of physical activities are available for everyone to partake in. Frequently participating in activities such as walking, running, swimming, basketball, soccer, and cycling can help you to maintain a good fitness level. Regardless of what the intensity level of the activity is, it will still be beneficial to take part in the activity. The most important part of participating in physical activities is remembering and having the motivation to continue exercising.
Being informed about the health benefits of physical activity and exercise is just as important as participating in them. Parents need to be informed so that they can become active and set an example for their children of how to live a healthy life style. Schools and communities should also be informed about physical activities and exercise, so that they can also teach children about the importance of exercise and give them a place where they can participate in physical activities and join sports teams.
Physical activity and exercise is beneficial to our lives and our health, and there are many studies that can prove this statement to be correct. However, there is a lot more research that can still be done. More research needs to be done on how physical activities and exercise affect us so that we can fully understand all of the benefits we can get from participating in these activities. The information gathered from these studies can be used to enhance our knowledge about how physical activities and exercise can affect our lives.