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The Importance of Physical Health

Do you have better physical health? Just one in 20 people worldwide (4·3%) had no health problems in 2013, with a third of the world’s population (2·3 billion individuals) experiencing more than five ailments, according to a major new analysis. Physical health means the condition where your body has no illness or any bad health conditions.

Physical health is critical for overall well-being and can be affected by:

  1. Lifestyle: diet, level of physical activity, and behavior (for instance, smoking).
  2. Human biology: a person’s genetics and physiology may make it easier or harder to achieve good physical health.
  3. Environment: our surroundings and exposure to factors such as sunlight or toxic substances;
  4. Healthcare service: good healthcare can help prevent illness, as well as to detect and treat illness.

The Importance of Physical Health

Better Physical health and fitness are important factors to reduce the risk of some of the most common critical diseases we face in the modern area and they are major killers, such as the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Excess weight and obesity are major risk factors for a number of chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCD) including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, musculoskeletal disorders (particularly osteoarthritis) and some cancers. So with these factors into consideration, we all should take health seriously.

To avoid health issues we should adjust our lifestyle to become much healthier. Having regular daily physical activities such as exercise in a combination with diet helps us in many forms of life. These can be identified as ;

  • Reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • Manage your weight better
  • Have a lower blood cholesterol level
  • Lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers
  • Have lower blood pressure
  • Have stronger bones, muscles and joints and lower risk of developing osteoporosis
  • Lower your risk of falls
  • Recover better from periods of hospitalization or bed rest
  • Feel better – with more energy, a better mood, feel more relaxed and sleep better.
  • Reduce your risk of stress, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease

And better physical health means a better healthier state of mind. As a result, all areas of life will be improved some of them are ;

  • Block negative thoughts or distract you from daily worries.
  • A better healthier relationship with spouse, partner, children and even business colleagues.
  • Increased fitness may lift your mood and improve your sleep patterns.
  • Change levels of chemicals in your brains, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones.
  • Better self-esteem

Improve Physical Health with Exercise

A fitness program with great Exercises will help you reduced the risk of better physical and mental health.

Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Most people tend to focus on one type of exercise, but each type is different and has its own benefits to a better physical body.

People tend to believe that doing what feels comfortable and right for their bodies is the best for their development. But It is actually the complete opposite, what feels hard and painful is your weak side, which you need to work on.

Some activities fit into more than one category. For example, many endurance activities also build strength. Strength exercises can also help improve balance.

So you should combine all four to improve the amount of physical activity and improve your health.

 Here are some fitness tips and exercises to follow

1.Balance

Exercises such as standing on one foot, Tai chi help are some of the most common balancing activities that people like to employ in their day to day life. Posture and balance is a common problem that we find ourself facing when we enter a certain age (65+). Many lower-body strength exercises will also improve your balance. Balance exercises include:

  • Standing on one foot
  • Tai Chi
  • Back leg raises & etc …

2.Strength

Strength exercises make your muscles stronger. These exercises are often referred to as “strength training” or “resistance training.” Strength exercises include:

  • Lifting weights
  • Using a resistance band
  • Using your own body weight

3.Flexibility

Flexibility activities involve stretching your muscles and this can help your body stay limber. Mostly beneficial to senior citizens to help them as this would aid them with daily activities. Being flexible gives you more freedom of movement for other exercises as well as for your everyday activities, including driving and getting dressed. Flexibility exercises include:

  • Shoulder and upper arm stretch
  • Extended angle side bend
  • Yoga

4.Endurance

Endurance activities increase your breathing and heart rate. They keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy and improve your overall fitness. Building your endurance makes it easier to carry out many of your everyday activities. Endurance exercises include:

  • Brisk walking or jogging
  • Yard work (mowing, raking, digging).
  • Dancing

The importance of Diet in Physical Health

Your food choices each day affect your overall health and how you feel today as well as tomorrow, and also in the future.

Good nutrition and healthy eating is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with exercise and physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight and even lose weight and reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.

Dietary needs differ from each person, but in general, some of the best foods you should regularly eat include:

 

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Protein
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and legumes

Try to balance items like dairy and oils, along with meats and poultry.

Try to avoid sweets, overly salty foods, trans-fat-heavy foods and overuse of alcohol.

Pay attention to calorie count—your needed amount which will vary based on your size, age, and gender. Following a balanced diet is necessary as excising alone will not support you to reduce the risk of diseases and improve your overall health.

A healthier life for a better tomorrow

A life combined with proper exercises and healthy eating will help you reduced the risk of chronic diseases.

The longterm health is priceless to any person across all cultures, religions, sex and income backgrounds, as we all know the luxury of better health.

I have learned over the years being physically fit is much more important in life than any other luxury I could ever have. I hope you all start to create a personalized approach that suits you for you to live a healthy life, as “a healthy life a better tomorrow”.

If you have any questions or have a story to tell of your own, please feel free to leave a comment below.

 

 

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Physical Health”

  1. Great post… tomorrow is the 1st of january – a perfect time to start something new and different. I am going to follow some of your advice.

    Happy new year

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