Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. Knowing all the benefits on both physical and mental health, you would think more people would be active. The reality is that we are more inactive than ever!
Our body is designed for movement, and in the old days physical activity was crucial for our survival – we had to walk long distance to find food and water and run away from treats. In our modern society we don’t have to do that. First, humans are naturally lazy. We will find the most efficient ways to do less. We park as close to the entrance as possible, we get home delivery, and we have someone who comes and clean our house. Plus, most jobs today include sitting in front of a computer all day.
We simply don’t move as much as we should.
So, what are the benefits of physical activity?
Yes, your brain health! Not many know how important physical activity is for our brain. When we are active and move our body and use our muscles, loads of chemical substances are released. These chemicals strengthen our existing nerve cells and improves the communication between them so that we can think more clear and improves our ability to learn new skills. It also even makes way for growth of new nerve cells. This will also protect our brain from the natural ageing process and reduce the risk of dementia. By strengthening your brain, you’ll not only feel better, but you make your brain better at managing the stress you meet in your daily life. It increases your creativity, your concentration and even your intelligence!
And don’t worry. It’s never too late to start moving! You don’t have to slave at the gym 5 times a week. The most important thing is that you do something.
Good luck in becoming more active, and please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.