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The power of physical activity

Physical activity is a very important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Its benefits have long been recognized with scientific evidence highlighting its transformative power for human physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Exercising regularly improves physical health.

Regular physical activity has been shown to improve physical health in many ways. Exercise strengthens muscles and bones, improves cardiovascular function and helps maintain an optimal body weight (World Health Organization, 2022). The American Heart Association (2023) reports that physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Studies have shown that active people have a lower risk of chronic disease, leading to an overall improvement in longevity and quality of life.


Active lifestyle promotion contributes to mental health well-being.

According to research conducted by Mandolesi, L. et al. (2018) state that physical activity has an incredible effect on our mental well-being. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, "feel good" chemicals in the brain that reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Regular physical exercise improves sleep quality and increases self-esteem. Research has also shown that physical activity can help prevent age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.


Physical activity can increase energy levels and productivity.

Contrary to what is believed, physical activity does not take away energy, but revives and gives vitality (Golen and Ricciotti, 2021). Regular exercise improves the condition of the cardiovascular system, the muscles are better supplied with oxygen and nutrients, and general endurance increases. Regular physical activity can significantly increase energy levels and reduce fatigue. In addition, studies have shown that physically active people are more productive, more focused, and better able to overcome everyday challenges.


Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and strengthen emotional resilience.

Physical activity is an effective stress management tool that allows you to relax and recover from stress (Mayo Clinic, 2023). Physical exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, which elevate mood and reduce stress levels. In addition, physical activity helps to deal more easily with accumulated emotions, promotes emotional resilience and improves general psychological well-being. It has been observed that people who are physically active on a regular basis experience fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression.


An active lifestyle improves the social life of individuals and promotes the active creation of communities.

Physical activity often involves group activities, team sports or fitness activities that provide great opportunities for social interaction and community building. Joining a sports team, taking a dance class, or even participating in group exercise outside creates a sense of belonging and encourages socialization (Eugene Civic Alliance, 2017).


Conclusion: The evidence strongly supports the transformative power of physical activity. Regular physical activity not only improves physical health, but also has a significant impact on a person's mental and emotional well-being. Physical activity is a key element of a fulfilling and healthy quality life, helping to protect against chronic diseases, improving memory and cognitive functions, and increasing energy levels. So, let's start living an active life and unleash our true potential by taking advantage of the countless benefits of physical activity and enjoying the possibilities of body movement.

References:

American heart Association (2023): https://www.heart.org/en/about -us (accessed 06/06/2023)


Eugene Civic Alliance (2017) 'Physical activity benefits: social health' : https:/ /eugenecivicalliance.org/physical-activity-benefits-social-health (accessed 06/06/2023)

Golen, T., Ricciotti, H. (2021) 'Does exercise really boost energy levels?': https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/does-exercise-really-boost-energy-levels ( accessed 06/06/2023)


Mandolesi, L., Polverino, A., Montuori, S., Foti, F., Ferraioli, G., Sorrentino, P., SorrentinoG. 'Effects of physical exercise on cognitive functioning and well-being: biological and psychological benefits' : https: //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934999 (accessed 06/06/2023)


World Health Organization (2022), 'Physical activity': https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity (accessed 06/06/2023)

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