Physical fitness is a subject that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Being in good physical shape can have many positive effects on your overall health and can lengthen your life span. Here are a few ways that being in good physical condition can improve your quality of life.

Decreasing Morbidity

The morbidity rate of the population is increasing at an alarming rate all over the world. In fact, over 6 percent of the worldwide mortality is attributed to physical inactivity. The convenience of technology paired with sedentary lifestyles due to home life or careers has impacted how physically active people are. Regular exercise and/or increased physical activity helps to stave off conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and especially obesity. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week to help reduce morbidity. For children and adolescents, a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity is recommended daily.

Protection From Injury

Being in good physical condition can help reduce the risk of injuries such as whiplash, pulled muscles, and sprains. Muscles are adaptive—if you are sedentary, they adapt to being sedentary. This means that when you suddenly start moving, your muscles simply aren’t equipped to handle it. Your range of motion is limited. You can keep your muscles ready for action by being physically active on a regular basis. Having an extensive range of motion is the best injury prevention.

Elevated Mood

Most of the time physical activity is considered a remedy for poor physical health, but it can also be great for improving mental health also. Physical activity has been proven to increase the body’s feel-good hormones like endorphins. This hormone increase helps to reduce anxiety and depression. It also helps to fight against mental diseases such as dementia and schizophrenia. If you’re ever feeling down, a quick visit to the gym, a brisk walk, or even some house chores could get you in a better mood.

 

Physical activity isn’t only good for weight management. It attributes to an overall improvement in health and life quality. With the ability of the muscles to adapt, instituting a regular fitness regime into your life just a few times a week can lead to a good physical condition. If you’re in good physical condition, you can likely look forward to a longer, happier, and more fulfilling life. In short, physical fitness equals happiness.