Why do we keep talking about being active? Does it still make any sense?

You know what my answer is: YEEES!

We are on the rush every day. Work, home, work, home. On our work-free days we often catch up on some old tasks instead of having a rest. Many of us lack time to hit the gym, swimming pool or even exercise at home. It’s easy to find excuses and say that after all we have such a busy and active life and are constantly on the move. 

According to World Health Organization the minimum dose of moderate intensity physical exercise should amount to about 30 minutes 5 times a week, or 20 minutes of high intensity workout 3 times a week (including strength and endurance training).

Now that you are aware of the recommendations, do you count the time you spend tidying up or running around the office? You believe you’ve done half an hour and breathe a sigh of relief? 

And now think if your heart rate is really higher during this time and is this activity continuous? I don’t want to worry you but the answer is most probably NO. 

 

Why is it worth making time for physical activity?

  • Your heart will be much stronger
  • You will lower your blood pressure
  • Your immune system will be stronger
  • Your blood sugar level will go down
  • The level of bad cholesterol will decrease
  • The quality of your sleep will get better
  • You will improve lung function
  • You will increase muscle mass
  • You will get an extra energy boost 
  • You will oxygenate the brain and gain clarity of mind
  • Your body will become slim and fit
  • Your skin will be firm
  • You will vent your stress and tension
  • You prevent postural defects, osteoporosis and some cancers
  • You will improve your self-esteem
  • You will “produce” endorphins

 

Physical activity is the condition you have to meet if we want to live in good health regardless of age. If we want to enjoy sport and make the most of its possible benefits we should adjust it to our real physical possibilities. 

If you’re not used to an active lifestyle, begin with walking at a fast pace and gradually raise the bar. We can achieve good results only if we do it on a regular basis and stay persistent… Oh! I almost forgot! Physical activity and a healthy diet go together so try and make a change in this area, too 🙂

The list of benefits that come from an active lifestyle is long but the answer to the question whether it’s worth a try is brief: YES, BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOURSELF! And keep it up!

Anna Lewandowska

Athlete and nutrition specialist. Multiple medalist of the national in traditional karate in European and World Championships. Author of workout plans and books on healthy lifestyle that have helped her motivate over a million of people to change their lives for the better.

Founder of Healthy Plan by Ann, Diet & Training by Ann. CEO of Foods by Ann. Co-founder of Baby by Ann.

Wife of footballer Robert Lewandowski, the captain of the Poland national football team and Bayern Munich player. Read more »

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