Physical exercise is popular for a reason
This one is an oldie but a goodie. By now, physical exercise is probably a pretty cliché topic, but that is for a reason. In our modern world, we live quite the sedentary life with sitting in front of a desk, public transportations and while watching TV.
Exercising has very clear immediate benefits that might be noticeable. For example, it can reduce short-term feelings of anxiety and it can help you make better judgements, learn fast and sleep better. Long-term consequences can be less visible, but it can slow the loss of bone density and build up muscles.
Otherwise, physical exercise reduces the chance of various conditions: arthritis, type II diabetes, hip fractures, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The benefits of exercising are clear and it’s a significant factor of being healthy. And it’s not as difficult as one might think. We only need to be active for 150 minutes per week, so if we do the math, that’s 30 minutes, for 5 days! This might be a good time to get those fancy fitness outfits out and feel fantastic when exercising!
What have we learned
Dieting and ‘good-looking’ bodies are being advertised so much in the popular media, that we are eager to make changes on the outside.
But as countless research has shown, physical health is actually more about sleep, nutrition and physical exercise. Ultimately, these are the factors that are going to fight infections, lower the risks of diabetes, prevent cardiovascular diseases and reduce short-term feelings of anxiety.
It’s important to mention however, that well-being has a holistic approach, where physical health is just one factor out of three. We covered mental well-being on our blog too, for those of you who might be interested.
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