We hear all the time that Americans need to be more active. Reports say that 60% of the people in the country are overweight and at risk for heart disease and diabetes because of it. An active lifestyle is the key to preventing these health problems and it is also the key to living a longer happier life. That is why you should choose to be more active starting today.
There are so many benefits that exercise can bring to your life. Preventing a life threatening disease is certainly at the top of the list but that is just the beginning. Exercising regularly will help you control your weight as well. The more calories that you burn working out, the more calories that you can consume without fear of gaining any weight. Exercise also jump starts your metabolism so you will have more energy. Working out, trains the hearts and lungs to work more efficiently and that means that your body does not have to work as hard to function. You will have more energy for the activities that you enjoy.
Exercise also gets the blood flowing through your body by improving circulation. This is a major plus for many activities including sex. Men who exercise regularly have fewer problems with erectile dysfunction especially if they continue to exercise late in life. It has also been shown that exercise helps with sleep related disorders which plague many older Americans. Improved blood flow also means that plaque cannot build up in your arteries causing a potential heart attack or stroke.
Another reason to adopt a more active lifestyle is because exercise can be a mood enhancer. Exercise is often recommended for people who are suffering from depression or anxiety. Physical activity prompts the release of certain chemicals in the brain that promote a feeling of well being. Ever heard of the term a “runners high”? It is called that because of the lift that some people get after an intense exercise session. Scientific research backs up the belief that exercise can make you feel happier. German scientists examined marathon runners and discovered that intense exercise releases a flood of endorphins in the brain which serve as mood enhancers.
There are a number of efforts underway to try and get our kids to adopt a more active lifestyle and many experts say parents should be setting a good example. The National Football League launched a Public Service Campaign over Thanksgiving to prevent childhood obesity. The league placed 90 second ads in all of their games encouraging kids to be active for at least 60 minutes each day. The campaign shows NFL players like James Laurinaitis of the New England Patriots and Luis Castillo of the San Diego Chargers engaged in activities with youths and encourages more adults to get involved. The campaign is titled “Play 60.” The league asks kids to go to nflrush.com and take the pledge that they will promise to play 60 minutes every day. By offering this program the NFL is hoping to use their influence for good in helping kids follow what they look to as role models.