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Physical Activity May Lead to Other Healthy Habits

by | Jun 27, 2022 | Issue 150, Issues | 0 comments

Overall health is something that everyone should aim for because living an unhealthy lifestyle will take a toll not just on your body but also on your life. An unhealthy...

Overall health is something that everyone should aim for because living an unhealthy lifestyle will take a toll not just on your body but also on your life. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to many illnesses and frustrations as certain activities call for a healthy body. Although we don’t need to make abrupt changes in our habits, little by little, we can apply changes to our lifestyle and start with a daily physical activity until it becomes a healthy habit.

Exercise and Healthy Habits

Physical activity can lead to other healthy habits, such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. A recent study showed that physically active people are more likely to have healthier habits overall.

The study looked at data from over 3,000 adults in the U.S. The researchers found that physically active people were more likely to eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and not smoke. They were also less likely to sit for long periods of time. 

The study shows a strong link between physical activity and other healthy habits. So if you want to live a healthier life, start by being more active!

Importance of Physical Activity for Mental Health

Regular exercise brings so many benefits to your physical and mental health! Physical activity helps improve cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and muscles, helps control weight and reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphins to help improve your mental health and overall sense of well-being.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (such as running) per week. In addition, adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities (such as lifting weights) at least two days per week.

If you’re not used to exercising, start slowly and gradually increase your activity levels. There are many ways to get more physical activity into your day-to-day life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking or biking to work or parking further away from your destination. You can also join an exercise program such as gyms that provide fitness classes, exercise routines and equipment.

Relationship between the Mind and Body

The relationship between the mind and body has been heavily studied over the years. The benefits of physical activity on mental health are vast and well-documented. It is no secret that physical activity can lead to other healthy habits. 

Physically active people are more likely to eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep and can also reduce stress levels and improve mood. All these factors can contribute to a person’s overall mental health.

Some of the benefits of being physically active include:

  • Improved cardiovascular health;
  • Stronger muscles and bones;
  • Increased energy levels;
  • Improved mental well-being;
  • Reduced stress levels.

While the benefits of physical activity are clear, not everyone can participate in traditional forms of exercise. This is especially true for people with mental health conditions. However, there are many other ways to be physically active. Taking a brisk walk, dancing or even cleaning the house all count as physical activity. So no matter what your situation, there is always a way to be active.

Physical Activities with Benefits for Overall Health

Here are some of the physical activities that you can include in your healthy habits to start your journey to overall health and wellness:

#1: Walking

Walking is an excellent form of exercise for overall health, and it’s the most natural movement you can do. It is low impact and can be done almost anywhere. While walking, you can also plan your day, and you can do it alone or with your friends. 

#2: Running

Running is another great option for overall health. It is a more intense exercise but can have many of the same benefits as walking. Running can help improve heart health, lower blood pressure and boost mood. It’s essential to warm up first before running to avoid unnecessary injuries and cramps.

#3: Biking

Biking is another excellent choice for overall health. Biking is a low-impact activity that can help improve heart health, build muscle and reduce stress levels. It is also being enjoyed by many when sightseeing!

#4: Swimming

Swimming is a great form of exercise for overall health. Swimming can help improve heart health, lung function and flexibility while also being a great way to relax and de-stress, especially during hot summer days.

#5: Weightlifting

Weightlifting is an excellent form of exercise for overall health. Weightlifting can help build muscle, improve bone density and reduce the risk of injuries. In addition, having a well-toned body will boost your confidence!

 By incorporating all these things into your life, you can improve your overall mental health and well-being. Physical activity is just one piece of the puzzle regarding healthy habits for mental health. It is important to also practice healthy habits such as eating well, getting enough sleep and reducing stress levels.

A Parting Reminder

We often disregard the fact that for us to live a happy life, we must take care of our health. Instead, we often overwork, consume unhealthy foods and promise ourselves that we will start living healthy.

We all know it is hard to make lifestyle changes, but not everything comes easy, and for us to achieve a healthy lifestyle, we have to work hard and be consistent until it becomes a habit. So make sure to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it!

Drew B
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