By: Krishna J. Patel
In this age of iPhones, iPads, and tablets it gets harder and harder for people to take their attention away from screens and onto anything else. This means that it is even more important that we find ways to keep both our bodies and minds active. For many people who do not exercise regularly, it may be hard to find the motivation to get started. So it is important to understand the benefits that come with living an active and healthy lifestyle.
Regular exercise provides countless benefits including losing weight, strengthening bones and muscles, improving sleep, and reducing the risk of various health problems including diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.1 Being physically active has also proven to improve one’s mental state, resulting in increased happiness and decreased stress.2 While it may seem difficult at first, there are lots of ways to make exercise a part of your regular routine and to have more fun while doing so! For example, exercising with friends or family can make it seem less like work and more fun. Setting goals will help increase the motivation to stay active and keep up a routine. There are so many more ways to stay active that do not necessarily involve running or going to the gym. Biking, yoga, or dancing are all great ways to stay fit. Finding activities that you actually enjoy doing will motivate you to get up and do them more often.
While staying physically fit is important, it is not the only way to stay active. Being an active part of the community is important too, which can be done through volunteering or taking part in after-school activities. Being mentally active is crucial since exercise for the mind is just as important as it is for the body. Meditation is a good way to keep the mind active as it can decrease stress, improve concentration, and increase self-awareness.3
Being active should be a priority for each person because it improves all aspects of one’s life. Keeping your mind and body active helps you to become a happier, more well-rounded person and it is something that we all can incorporate into our everyday lives.
1 “Benefits of Exercise: MedlinePlus.” 5 Jan. 2018, https://medlineplus.gov/benefitsofexercise.html. Accessed 15 Apr. 2018.
2 “Physical Activity and Health | Physical Activity | CDC.” 13 Feb. 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm. Accessed 15 Apr. 2018.
3 “12 Science-Based Benefits of Meditation – Healthline.” 5 Jul. 2017, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation. Accessed 15 Apr. 2018.