Why Physical Activity is Important

Why Physical Activity is ImportantI’ve heard it before in the past. “Why should I get active? I’m just going to die eventually anyhow. What’s the point?” If it’s not a line eerily similar to that one, it’s something nearly identical that just looks a little different anyhow. That kind of hopeless, nihilistic attitude can certainly stop people from taking the necessary steps to improve their physical fitness levels. It’s a defeatist’s way of looking at the world, and like Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

There is more than enough research surrounding the subject that books could be written about physical activity and why it is important. Certainly, books have been written, dozens and perhaps even hundreds, but that doesn’t mean people are reading them. How could you expect folks to go looking for that sort of information, if they truly feel like the person I’ve outlined up above? You can’t. Since they won’t go looking for the information of their own volition, it’s up to you to tell them and other people about why physical activity is important.

Here are just a few facts and figures for you, all of which are easy enough to verify. It’s been medically certified that those who perform regular physical activity get:

–          About a 30% lower risk of acquiring depression.

–          About a 30% lower chance of developing dementia.

–          Nearly a 30% lesser chance of dying at a young age.

–          Almost a 50% lesser chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.

–          Up to a 50% reduced risk of developing colon cancer.

–          Much, much more!

With the myriad benefits available to those who finally decide to get up and get active, it’s kind of surprising that we have so many people ballooning in size among our population. If you want to look at it from a different angle, consider this: being overweight and inactive will invariably lead to a greater chance of developing all the illnesses mentioned, as well as many which were not mentioned!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but you don’t need some high-intensity training regimen loaded with full contact drills, like professional baseball, basketball and football players do. You just need to get active. So what counts as being active then? Well, just walking fast enough to elevate your heart rate is a good start, but you can always push yourself a little harder if you’re sure your body can handle it. Riding a bike over level ground, or up and down sparing hills, or swimming, or even pushing a lawnmower, are all good ways to get up on your feet and moving.

For me at least, it’s easy to see why more and more people are packing on the pounds these days. In the past, work was really, well, work for a lot of people. It involved being on one’s feet, pushing wheels, pulling levels, affixing nuts and bolts – all kinds of physical labor. As we’ve changed from a manufacturing country to what we are now, millions of people are finding themselves less physically active than they used to be as a result. This downward progression in national health can be stopped though!