Yourwellness – The Gateway to living well
Everyone knows that fitness is vitally important for both wellness and wellbeing, but unfortunately this knowledge does not often translate into action. Despite most people knowing that they should have an active lifestyle, few people actually take as much exercise as they should.
This can be especially dangerous for older people, especially women over the age of 50, who are at risk in numerous different ways if they do not take daily exercise.
Exercise is classed as any activity that raises the heart rate, and that can be something as simple as a brisk walk – which is free, easy and can be done right outside your front door.
As the heart rate increases with exercise, blood is pumped around the body, promoting good circulation. This carries more oxygen to the brain and to the vital organs, which makes us feel mentally alert and also increases internal health. Lack of exercise, on the other hand, can be responsible for a wide range of different health problems, including weight gain, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, sleeping disorders, osteoporosis, ageing, headaches and lack of muscle tone.
To be effective, exercise should make you sweat, and should combine cardio exercise such as cycling, skipping, running or swimming with a higher resistance form of exercise such as push ups, weight machines, sit ups and weight training. This can benefit you in seven different ways.