What Can You Do To Stay Healthy This Summer?

More and more people are focusing on ways to improve their health with exercise and physical activity. That is good news, considering that being healthy provides us protection against disease and injury, as well as strength and energy to help us have a longer, happier, and better quality of life. However, although we all know that exercise will benefit our health, most of us do not do it for various reasons.

We don’t have enough time is probably the most often excuse people use. Well, the truth is that we all have enough time for what is important to us – our priorities. And if we don’t make time for exercise today, then we better schedule LOTS of time for sickness and disease later!

You know exercise is good for you — but do you know how good?  From lowering your risk of obesity to increasing your energy levels and boosting your mood, the merits of regular physical activity cannot be ignored.

Being physically active isn’t only beneficial for the way you look; it’s healthy for your bones, your cardiovascular system, your respiratory system, your brain, and even your emotional state. It can also strengthen the immune system. Read on as we list the top reasons to make fitness a part of your life.

Why Is Physical Activity Such a Big Deal?

Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Exercise has also been even been shown to improve memory and mental ability and is believed by experts to be vital for maintaining desired brain function as we get grow older. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That’s why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.

Improve your mood. Need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A brisk 30-minute run or a good workout can help you calm down. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You’ll also look better and feel better when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self esteem.

Regular physical activity can even help prevent depression. Even short low-impact intervals of exercise can act as a powerful tool to supercharge your health. If you have time for a 15-minute walk with the dog, your body will thank you in many ways.

Combat chronic diseases. Worried about heart disease? Want to prevent osteoporosis? Physical activity might just be the ticket. Regular physical activity can help you prevent (or manage) high blood pressure. Your cholesterol will benefit, too. Regular physical activity boosts “good” cholesterol while decreasing triglycerides. And there’s more: regular physical activity can help you prevent type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.

Manage your weight. Want to drop those excess pounds? Trade in your couch time for exercise time. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the exercise, the more calories you burn, and the easier it is to keep your weight under control. And while dedicated workouts are great, physical activity you accumulate throughout the day (stairs vs elevator, a brisk lunchtime walk) helps you burn calories, too.

If you are overweight (an adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight) or even obese (an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese) you can expect to get support by nutritional counseling and exercise advice when you visit your chiropractor.

Boost your energy level. Regular physical activity can leave you breathing easier. Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. In fact, regular physical activity helps your entire cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy to do the things you enjoy.

Get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep can improve your concentration, productivity and mood, and what promotes a good night’s sleep? You guessed it: physical activity. Regular exercise can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

Stress. Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Stress also increases the chance of illness and disease. Prolonged stress can result in chronic suppression of the immune system, leaving the body more vulnerable to illness. Thus, very often, those under severe, prolonged stress may contract diseases related to immune deficiency and may even die of these diseases. The death does not come from stress itself. What happens is that the body loses all its resistance in its effort to ward off the stress.

Study after study has conclusively shown that keeping active—whether through sports, exercise, or everyday chores—will help you to live longer and enjoy each day more. Active people have a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. They generally have a more positive outlook on life and the energy to get things done. They tend to be movers and shakers and make things happen!  Sounds like a pretty good return on an investment of just 30 minutes a day.

What’s Holding You Back From Getting Active?

Despite all the life-changing benefits, many of us still think of exercise as a chore, either something that we don’t have time for, or something that’s only suitable for the young or the athletic.

The benefits of fitness are yours for the taking, regardless of age, gender or physical ability, so in the words of Olivia Newton John, get physical! There are a million different ways you can incorporate fitness into your life. The type of activity is irrelevant.  All that matters is that you get up and MOVE!!!

Make being healthy a priority and find ways to get and stay healthy this summer!

Talk to your St Paul MN Chiropractor about ways to improve your health.  Your chiropractor can also advise you on vitamin supplements to take that will help you lead a healthier life, such as taking vitamin D, vitamin C and reducing your sugar intake.