Getting Active

You may find that it is relaxing sitting on a sofa being a couch potato as you entertain yourself with your favorite TV program. However, when you do so, you are doing a great injustice to your body. You have to get off that couch and put some physical activity in your life. Being physically active can help fight illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. And if you are a few pounds overweight with extra inches around your midsection, being physically active can help you lose those unwanted pounds and inches, especially once you make it a habit of staying active on a daily basis. If you want to live longer and become healthier, you will put a stop to being idle and unproductive.

Other benefits of being active are the fact that it brings relief if you suffer with the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It will improve your cognitive function. Being physically active also aids in preventing Osteoporosis. As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons when it comes to being active or being a couch potato. So, when you are sitting there doing nothing but focusing on the wide screen TV, this kind of stimulation is actually doing more harm than good to your well-being.

It has been proven that people who walk, jog or run a few times a week will come away with better health. Of course, if you are not used to being physically active, we aren’t telling you to go out and run a marathon. No, you have to start off slow; perhaps 20 minute walks a day will put you on the right path. This kind of walk will decrease your chances of getting a heart attack or succumbing to a premature death. Just remember, standing over a sink doing dishes is not a chore that is considered “active exercise”. However, when you put music on and dance around, you are being physically active, because you are pumping up your heart rate. Other activities that add to your health and well-being are hiking, fishing and golfing.

When it comes to being and staying physically fit, you have choices of both indoor and outdoor activities. Some of the indoor activities are playing ping pong, board games and shuffle board. Joining book and poetry clubs or playing bingo lets you socialize with your peers, which is excellent for your well-being. Now, when you really want to relieve stress and tension, a few outdoor activities will do the trick. For outdoor entertainment, you could go skiing, horseback riding, and camping, sailing or even skydiving to name a few. When it comes to being outside, the sky is the limit, for you are bound to find an activity that will suit you, all you have to do is explore your interest.