Benefits of Physical Activity

Exercise has been around since the beginning of man’s existence but we have taken it for granted. We have either been too busy doing our own version of physical activity through daily movements or just simply chose to neglect it. What we need to emphasize is how exercise can truly make a difference in our lives, after all, exercise is THE miracle medicine.

With regular exercise you reduce your chance of acquiring serious illnesses like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of premature death by up to 30%.

For the longest time we have ignored exercise and how our body begged for it. Our health is the main recipient of the consequences.

People who engage in physical activity are also more productive, more positive in dealing with life’s difficulties and are therefore happier. It is a win win! Your body gets in better shape and so does your mood!

This legendary cure is effective when done correctly with instantaneous results, it is absolutely easy to administer and best of all, it is free! An easy way to avail of a great dose of this medicine is by doing exercises at home, running and by joining local fitness events in your community. Free Happy Bootcamps is an initiative that has kept over 15000 Londoners active hosting weekend events for every fitness level in parks around London.

It has been proven that exercise also improves areas such as sleep quality, energy, mood and self-esteem as well as reduce your risk of depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s and stress.

Moderate and High Intensity Activity

Most people stay physically active by doing regular daily activities such as walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and doing errands that require movement. Beneficial as these are, you can get even healthier once you do movements that are more intense and vigorous such as those used in sports and exercise.

Exercises of moderate intensity have superb advantages to the body. However high intensity activity can yield more health benefits and requires you to work harder. Regardless of gender and age, there is substantial evidence that vigorous activity such as performed in our bootcamps can bring health benefits over and above than that of moderate activity.

You can tell when the exercise is vigorous if your are breathing rapidly and your heart is beating fast. Another telltale sign of high intensity activity is the inability to even chat with a person while working out.

By performing regular high intensity exercise you can lower your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 35%

  • lower risk of type 2 diabetes up to a 50%
  • lower risk of colon cancer up to a 50%
  • lower risk of breast cancer up to a 20%
  • lower risk of early death a 30%
  • lower risk of osteoarthritis up to an 83%
  • lower risk of hip fracture up to a 68%
  • lower risk of falls a 30%
  • lower risk of depression up to a 30%
  • lower risk of dementia up to a 30%

A Present-Day Dilemma

A prevalent problem of our time is how we have all become less and less active. Doing daily tasks such as working, cleaning, washing, and shopping have almost little to no demand for movement. We rely on machines to take us to our destinations and do our chores. We spend uncountable hours staring at our computers, mobile devices and TVs which entertain us more than actually stepping outside, getting some fresh air and going for a run. As a consequence, we burn off less energy than the old days.

A lot of adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting down according to research. The most sedentary age group however are senior citizens aged over 65 who spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down.

Sedentary Lifestyles

The Department of Health has labeled inactivity as a “silent killer”. Apart from increasing your activity levels, you should also decrease the amount of time you and your loved ones spend sitting down.

Most adults commonly relate leisure and relaxation to sitting and watching TV, having a nice drink, and getting the VIP treatment of being transported from one place to another in a car but such behaviour exhibit unhealthy habits to the younger generations and increases the risk of obesity and many chronic diseases. Free Happy Bootcamps aims to get you and your family out of your couch and into the fields.

People of all ages need to reduce their sedentary behavior. We all need to think about raising our levels of activity in a method that is available and accessible.