Top 5 Benefits of staying Active

Staying active is the key to health and happiness for all ages. By spending more time with kids in the playground and participating in sports, not only does the family benefit physically, but we also encourage good life-long habits in the younger generation. As you age, staying active becomes crucial to maintaining overall health and wellbeing. Much of the physical decline commonly associated with ageing can actually be reversed to some degree by maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.

  1. Weight Control: The more active you are, the more calories you burn. Combine this with healthy eating is the best way to lose weight and achieve a health body mass index and with this, a multitude of other benefits to your health and joint

  2. Management of Chronic Health Conditions: Increase levels of good HDL cholesterol and decrease levels of bad LDL cholesterol, helps keep your cardiovascular system in good condition. Regular activity also helps control other conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart diseases, high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis.

  3. More Energy & Improved Mood: Ironically, exercise is a cure for fatigue and to boost energy levels. A research study found that with low-intensity exercise, inactive participants can increase their energy levels up to 20% and decrease fatigue levels up to 65%. Physical activity also stimulates the release of multiple natural anti-depressants/chemicals from your brain to make you feel happy and relaxed.

  4. Better Sleep: A quarter of New Zealander have chronic sleep problems and one in ten reveals they have fallen asleep at the wheel. Sleep problems itself is linked to high blood pressure, heart diseases, depression, obesity, risk of stroke and diabetes. Studies indicated achieving about 150 mins of moderate to vigorous activity every week can be an effective non pharmaceutical solution to sleep problems.

  5. Improve Bone & Joint Health: Regular weight bearing activity helps maintain strong bones and muscles to keeps us independent and active as we grow older. General fitness also helps prevent falls, fractures and injuries, which is associated with increase mortality in the elderly.