Sport and recreational physical activity is an integral part of a society and engaging in a recreational physical activity is widely promoted as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is a viable and inexpensive way to fight disability and most serious preventable diseases. Regular exercise throughout life can help to keep you more mobile as you get older. For older people, being active helps them remain independent and able to live by themselves at home.
Exercise and Health
Physical activity and health status has a clear correlation between each other. Those individuals who maintain an active way of life live longer and healthier lives than those who are inactive. Dating back to the 5th century BC, Hippocrates said that “Eating alone will not keep a man well, he must also take exercise. For food and exercise work together to produce health”.
Combating Health Conditions and Diseases
Neuromuscular stimulation that occurs during standing and light activities may be necessary to sustain components of musculoskeletal and metabolic health. For patients, it helps to get out of their bed more frequently. Reducing inactivity time can be combined with exercise and weight management.
Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This maintains a good blood flow, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Regular exercise can help you prevent or manage a number of health problems such as stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and falls.
Dangers of Sedentary Lifestyle
Lack of adequate and regular physical activity is not recognised as a major contributing factor to disability and many forms of disease and health agencies around the world are eager to encourage people to become more active.
Sedentary lifestyle leads to an increased chronic disease burdens and disability that will require long-term healthcare. Sedentary time is likely to be addition to the risks associated with insufficient moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
In the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Steven Blair argued that ‘‘Evidence supports the conclusion that physical inactivity is one of the most important public health problems of the 21st century, and may even be the most important’’.
Role of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapists specialize in human movement and physical activity, promoting health, fitness, and wellness. They have a great potential for physical activity and promotion. They prescribe exercises for a wide range of conditions that need rehabilitation. A physiotherapist is equipped with the ideal skill and potential to act in a prevention role.
Your physiotherapist may include advice on how to stop unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking. He may also educate you about weight management and improving cholesterol levels. You may be put under a program where you will be assessed, monitored, and progressed. Depending on your existing condition, your physiotherapist may develop a plan in consultation with other health professionals to optimise your activity while minimising symptoms.
Physiotherapy is not just about being healthy, but being more productive. Go with the exercise experts at Happy Physio. Speak to any of our Perth physiotherapists at 9272 7359 today!