Movement does a lot more than just make you live longer- it also helps you live better by improving many other aspects of life. It’s impossible to talk about overall health without discussing movement and the increasingly sedentary behaviour our society faces. Most people do not move nearly as much as they should.
Consider some of the following indirect benefits of movement:
Regular aerobic exercise promotes the release of mood-lifting hormones, which counteract stress. In addition, the rhythmic muscle contractions that take place in almost all types of exercise can increase levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which contests negative feelings. (Harvard Health)
- Movement can provide social opportunity.
Many forms of exercise and physical activity promote interaction with other people. From the other plays on your sports team to your walking partner, being active encourages you to interact with people and promote community.
- Movement improves sleep.
Regular movement provides important benefits to our sleeping patterns. Aerobic exercise helps you fall asleep faster, spend more time in deep sleep, and awaken less during the night. Exercise is actually the only known way for already healthy adults to boost the amount of deep sleep they get, something that is essential for your body to repair itself and maintain immunity. (Harvard Health)
- Movement protects mobility and longevity.
Regular movement has shown to improve physical performance as we age. By remaining active throughout our lives, we can keep our cardiovascular fitness, metabolism, and muscle function in line with those who might be younger than us.
When we make a decision to invest in our bodies by being active, we are much more likely to carry this investment into other areas of life. This can include things like our relationships, mental health or nutrition.
When you overcome any challenge, including overcoming something that challenges your body, it gives your confidence a small boost. It’s empowering to know you are able to take care of yourself.
Choosing to be move on a regular basis does much more than improve your overall fitness. Movement works to enhance your overall well-being, emotional health, social health and improves your quality of life more than you might think.