Most people want to achieve great-looking body, which is why they choose to engage in workouts. Although this can be a great motivation for people to be physically active, aesthetic improvements are just another shortsighted goal and shouldn’t only be the reason to exercise.
Exercise is not just about being the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here are a couple of important reasons to be physically active:
1. To Live Longer
Exercise and physical activity is known to reduce all-cause mortality risk in a dose response action. More vigorous training and extra effort increases the benefits to longevity.
Being active makes you fitter, which is one of the main factors that influence longevity. Also, exercise improves your cardiorespiratory fitness, strength and muscle mass, all of which help reduce all-cause mortality risk.
Being physically active can help lower your blood pressure and boost your good cholesterol levels. Exercise helps reduce risk factors of a number of diseases. If you sit too much or live a sedentary lifestyle, your risk of getting diseases is higher.
Without regular exercise, your body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are inactive and are obese.
It won’t be a surprise to learn that people who do not exercise are at highest risk of early death. A 2015 study showed that people who exercise according to their guidelines, where they complete 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, enjoyed greater longevity benefits and reduced risk of dying by 31%. Those who exercised a little, not meeting the recommendations but still doing something, reduced their risk of early death by 20%.
2. To Have More Functional and Healthier Quality of Life
Exercise not only helps you live longer, but also helps you live better. Physical activity improves both your physical and mental wellness.
Aside from making your body stronger and fending off a host of diseases, your mental and emotional functioning can provide benefits to your productivity and close relationships.
Try to notice that after getting an exercise, your mood becomes better. There would be an improvement in your general well-being over time if you make exercise a part of your routine.
If you have physically active lifestyle, you should be enjoying these benefits:
- • Improved blood circulation
- • Easier withdrawal from smoking habits
- • Stronger bones
- • Increased energy
- • Better stress management
- • Better sleep
- • Stronger muscles
- • Increased ability to do other physical activities
Exercise improves the flow of oxygen which directly benefits the brain. It also improves your mental acuity and memory.
Exercise strengthens your immune system and reduces the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease. It also helps prevent or delay chronic age-related diseases and maintains quality of life and make seniors more independent.
Exercising for a fitter body is a good thing, but it’s better to focus at a longer term benefits that improve your life in general. Always remember that there is more to exercise than gaining muscles or shortening your waistline.