Fitness is a fairly controversial and hot topic in the healthy living. Fitness is praised and touted as a life savior, a weapon against ageing and stallion against diseases, among other things. Yet, only a few people are keen on keeping their bodies fit if the rising cases of obesity and preventable lifestyle diseases are anything to go by.
In this article, we try to give you a detailed description of the top five benefits of fitness in your life as a person, to your body and the environment. Keep reading to learn more.
Regulates blood pressure and other cardio diseases:
When you live a sedentary life (like many people) coupled with eating numerous unhealthy foods rich in fats you risk developing constricted/hardened veins, a condition known arteriosclerosis. This condition in your blood vessels makes your heart susceptible to damage which which in turn can lead to high blood pressure and eventually a heart attack or stroke, among other coronary complications.
Fitness, especially cardiovascular fitness training helps you build strength in your heart muscles giving your heart enough power to pump blood with ease and in turn making it fitter and healthier itself. Also note that in addition to high blood pressure prevention, fitness also protects your body from suffering from type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and arthritis.
Helps with weight loss:
Every calorie ingested into your body adds up to form a bigger, more complex problem for inactive people. For many, excess and unused calories are deposited in vulnerable locations around the body. This not only affects their visual appeal negatively, but makes it difficult for one to live normally in that it restricts our physical capabilities.
Fitness ensures that all extra, or at least the majority of the calories you consume in food and drink are used in the workout with little or nothing left to accumulate in the stomach, thighs and other problematic areas where fat forms readily. In the end, fitness helps you lose weight with a lot of its related benefits such as improved mobility, increased self-confidence, etc.
Combats depression and anxiety:
Depression is a leading cause for lifestyle diseases in all age groups around the World. Research has consistently shown a direct relationship between depression and weight gain which is largely caused by having little or no exercise regime in your daily lifestyle. In addition, depression is caused with the discontent you may experience with being unfit and overweight.
Fitness helps one to combat depression by triggering the release of feel-good chemicals which are responsible for the feeling of ‘euphoria’ post workout. When you take part in any fitness activity, blood flow increases which triggers the release of Endorphins, which are responsible for positive moods, reduced anxiety and even the reduction in feeling pain. In addition, feeling happy with your physical form also makes you less anxious and less depressed which is good for you.