It is just not about healthy eating. It is important to be physically active in order to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy active life. Being active not only uplifts mood and boosts energy level, but it also reduces the risk of many diseases such as heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and many others. Furthermore, once done with the physical activities, a person usually ends up feeling much more confident about himself.
Effects of physical activity on weight
For weight loss, exercise helps by burning off extra calories taken in via large quantities of starchy and sugary foods. With sufficient physical activity it is possible to use up the extra calories which would otherwise be stored as body fat. Body fat in turn blocks the arteries to the heart, causing muscle and body pains. Hence, it is important for a human being to be in good shape and to take ‘healthy’ measures to try and fight off body fats and obesity. Some people tend to turn to surgeries in an attempt to reduce their weight rapidly. However, this is highly inadvisable as these weight reducing surgeries are really risky and irreversible. So, the next time the thought of getting part of your stomach removed crosses your mind, make sure the next thought is about the problems that would follow for the remaining years of life. Hence, better switch to exercising rather than such surgeries.
How much exercise is essential for weight loss?
The question arises as to how much exercise is to be done? There is no one answer. The amount of physical activity needed depends on age, gender, climate, lifestyle, occupation and body conditions of a person. However, an average of 30 to 45 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity is recommended. If the aim is to shed pounds then the duration can be prolonged or the intensity can be increased. Most medical practitioners suggest 60 to 90 minutes of exercise daily along with a check on nutrients being taken. A low-calorie, low-fat and low-carb diet may produce fast results in terms of weight loss but physical activity is the key to a long-term impact. Moderate-intensity exercises include walking. High-intensity exercises include bicycling, running, and swimming. Aerobics are one of the best ways to control weight.
Other then weight loss, physical activity entails many other benefits. It has been proven to contribute to muscles and bone development. Also that people who engage in exercise are better equipped to ward off depression.