There is no denying both the body and mind benefits of incorporating exercise into our daily lives. In fact there is nothing that gives us a much better feeling of wellness than just being plain active in one way or another. After all our bodies are designed for it. Naturally there are various degrees of activity and even a moderate level will improve your condition significantly when acted upon on a regular basis. Physical activity need not be strenuous, just plain getting out and doing something will make a change. Of course greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (duration, frequency or intensity) of the activity. But what ever the level you feel comfortable with is irrelevant compared to consistency and regularity.
Your choices depend initially upon your present fitness level. It makes no sense to have a sudden brainstorm to engage in some hard core workout if you have been physically inactive for some time, this can only result in either muscular pain or damage through overexertion or worse still a possible bodily injury.
Here are a good number of reasons to get active:
Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
Helps control weight.
Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, reduces the possibility of back pain.
Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
Promotes psychological well-being.
helps to prevent / reduce osteoporosis, reducing the risk of hip fracture by up to 50% in women.
Gives you a healthy appetite and increases stamina and endurance.
This list is only but a few of the overall advantages of being active, but have been included to give you a full scope of the advantages of activity.
So what is a moderate amount of physical activity?
Below is a sample of such moderate exercises, and as one can see they also include a variety of everyday kind activities. The main point is that whatever you choose to do it should fit easily into our everyday lifestyle, at least this way its continuity can be maintained. A period of exercise is a function of duration, intensity and frequency,its like is an equation. The more strenuous an activity is then the less time is needed to be spent on it, as opposed to less strenuous which involves more time dedication.
Less vigorous more time
Washing and waxing a car for 45-60 minutes
Washing windows or floors for 45-60 minutes
Playing volleyball for 45 minutes
Playing touch football for 30-45 minutes
Gardening for 30-45 minutes
Wheeling self in wheelchair for 30-40 minutes
Walking 1 3/4 miles in 35 minutes (20 min/mile)
Basketball (shooting baskets) for 30 minutes
Bicycling 5 miles in 30 minutes
Dancing fast (social) for 30 minutes
Pushing a stroller 1 1/2 miles in 30 minutes
Raking leaves for 30 minutes
Walking 2 miles in 30 minutes (15 min/mile)
Water aerobics for 30 minutes
Swimming laps for 20 minutes
Wheelchair basketball for 20 minutes
Basketball (playing a game) for 15-20 minutes
Bicycling 4 miles in 15 minutes
Jumping rope for 15 minutes
Running 1 1/2 miles in 15 minutes (10 min/mile)
Shoveling snow for 15 minutes
Stair walking for 15 minutes
More vigorous, less time
In conclusion, well just like the NIKE catchphrase "JUST DO IT!"