The Benefits of Keeping Active

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The Benefits of Keeping Active

Do you like to move it, move it? If not, we recommend starting now! It’s important for people of all ages to stay active. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or compete in an intense outdoor competition in order to reap the benefits of getting your body moving. Here are some simple yet fun ways to get active and begin feeling your best! Bodies who are in motion, stay in motion.

 

Sports

Whether or not you’ve been doing sports your whole life, they are a popular way to keep active, maintain friendships and help you feel great! Many times we think of sports as something we did “in the good old days,” but there are many recreational leagues and opportunities to get involved in athletics after high school. Even a tennis racket, balls and a playing partner can help rev up your heart rate and keep your arms strong.

Benefits:

  • Improved Heart Health: Most, if not all, sports demand some level of aerobic activity. It can help improve your stamina while keeping your heart strong.

  • Decreased Risk of Stroke: Because your cardiovascular system is strong, you will lessen stroke risk.

  • Improved Metabolism: Sports can help you significantly with weight loss because of the cardio components.

 

Walking & Running

Take advantage of the warm weather while it's here! Even if daytime walks are too hot for you, getting out in the evening or even joining the local mall walkers is an easy way to stay active. This can be a good solo activity to decompress after a long day or a perfect opportunity to catch up with a friend. In the same way, running can provide tremendous benefits at an even higher level than walking.

Benefits:

  • Happiness: Walking and running releases endorphins and provides an opportunity to enjoy the world around you. It has been shown to aid in feelings of depression.

  • Strengthens Muscles: If you want to strengthen your legs and core muscles, repeated walking and running do that through the natural steps you take.

  • Cardiovascular Health: An exercised heart is a strong heart.

 

Gardening

This may be an activity that many wouldn’t typically think of as “active.” Those people have probably never gardened before! Gardening is not only a fun hobby, but can provide health benefits to enthusiasts of all ages in addition to the healthy foods you grow.

Benefits:

  • Stress Relief: There’s something to be said for getting back to the roots of nature. Some of the reasons for this are the exposure to sunlight, quietness and the feeling of doing something useful.

  • Stronger Immune System: It may surprise you to learn that being in dirt can strengthen your immune system. While it isn’t the soil that you benefit from, it’s the Vitamin D absorbed from the sun which gives a boost to the immune system.

  • Stronger Bones: Activities like gardening help strengthen your muscles and bones.

 

There are hundreds of ways to keep active and the benefits all align with a happy and healthy life. If you’re looking for ways to keep or stay active, reach out to Core Physical Therapy today.

 

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