What better way to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month than to get out and get active! Physical fitness has its obvious perks and visible results – smaller waistline, bigger muscles, tighter abs. You work out so that you can fit into that “dream dress” or rock that swimsuit on your summer vacation. But what about the not so obvious benefits of being physically fit?
While the outside appearance and results from physical fitness are important, and do motivate you to get active, there are many internal benefits that are even more important that rocking that swimsuit this summer.
Here are some of the major internal benefits to getting active and being physically fit:
- Lowering your risks of heart disease and stroke. By exercising, you are strengthening your heart muscles, lowering your blood pressure, improving overall blood flow and increasing your heart’s working capacity – amongst other things. This combination ultimately lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke. Keep in mind that heart disease and strokes are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States!
- Lowering high blood pressure. Just by adding regular physical activity to your daily routine, you can reduce your blood pressure. Being active reduces your body fat, which is commonly associated with high blood pressure.
- Decrease your level of back pain. Physical activity increases muscle strength and endurance, while also improving flexibility and posture. These aspects combined aid in preventing and/or decreasing back pain.
- Escape obesity or avoid it altogether. Ultimately, to be healthy overall – inside and outside – and being in shape is the main goal. Being physically fit reduces your risk of obesity which reduces your risk of the other medical issues listed above.
So, now that the warmer weather is upon us, it is the perfect time to get out and get active!