Fitness: Why Should You Be More Active?
No matter what your size or shape, being active:
- Makes you feel better.
- Helps you fall asleep and sleep well.
- Gives you more energy.
- Helps you think better and faster.
- Helps you handle stress.
- Makes you healthier.
- Helps you live longer.
The more active you are, the better your heart works. You're less likely to get many of the diseases that can shorten your life, including:
- Coronary artery disease.
- High blood pressure.
- Type 2 diabetes.
- Some cancers.
If you already have any of these problems, staying active may help you to have better control over them, feel better, and live longer.
Lifting weights, even small ones, is a good way to make your muscles stronger. It also increases bone density, which is especially important for older adults.
Stretching will help you stay flexible and coordinated. As you become more flexible, you will find it easier to reach things on high shelves, to look under a bed, or perhaps to tie your shoes. You will also have a better sense of balance and coordination.
Being more active burns calories. That can help you get to and stay at a healthy weight range.
When you exercise regularly, your body burns more calories even when you're resting. Being active may also lower your percentage of body fat and increase muscle strength and tone.