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When it comes to physical activity the now well-known phrase “exercise is the miracle cure we always had” comes to mind as the most concise statement that can be used to describe the health-related benefits of exercise.
Furthermore, if one thinks beyond just the health benefits that can be accrued from regular sustained physical activity, exercise can in fact be considered to be an essential component of wellness.
Wellness is defined as the result of personal initiative seeking a more optimal, holistic and balanced state of health.
Why the seemingly sudden emphasis on exercise? The reality is, gone are the days for most of daily hard physical labour, walking animals, walking long distances to and from work or school, and frequent outdoor recreational activities.
Undeniably, people are less active nowadays because of technology and modernisation. We drive cars or take public transportation, look at television, work at computers or play computer games. All forms of work and household chores have become significantly easier.
Our actual jobs are far less demanding and more sedentary than previous generations.
The evidence, however, has shown that all of this technology has come at a high price. Rates of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and heart disease just to name a few are spiralling both among adult and paediatric populations. Not only are rates spiralling, but these as well as other chronic medical conditions are occurring at a younger age.
On a molecular level, the cells in our bodies are actually ageing faster than ever before. Many of the chronic diseases thought to be adult diseases are now affecting adolescents and children. Clearly a universal change is needed in our lifestyles among all age groups regardless of physical ability or restrictions.
Research has clearly shown that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality, and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. (NATION ARCHIVES)