The answers to a question like that is complicated because there are so many variations to the health and fitness matrix. It’s in our nature to over specialize in just about everything we do. Why should the relationships between health and fitness be any different? So, let’s not run down that rabbit hole never to be seen again. Let’s deal with the commons sense aspect of the issue and ask a few questions for which we can seek a qualified answer.
1. Is carrying more than the average amount of fat on the body detrimental to health? Yes, we are talking about obesity, a nasty seven letter word. Keep in mind that we are talking about the percent of body weight that’s made up from fat. That’s because a well-muscled and toned individual can weigh more than the average person simply because muscle weighs more than fat ( it’s a density thing). So, percent body fat is the issue. The Centers for Disease Control gives us a qualified answer. Here are the potential impacts to health regarding what you have a greater risk of developing if you are not fit.
- Coronary Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Sleep Apnea and Breathing difficulties
- Clinical depression
That’s the short list people. Does any of that apply to you? Do you have even a modest plan for physical activity every day? The link is clear. Poor fitness practices lead to a higher chance of bad health.
2. Does fitness improve mental health? Yeah, I will bet this question hasn’t occupied a lot of your time. As a matter of fact, many people would say that fitness has an adverse effect on mental health because you have to motivate yourself to do it. When you don’t exercise, you feel guilty. It’s a state of mind thing. However, Web MD has the answer. It is indeed a state of mind thing but not in the way you think. Physical activity engages the brain and gives it purpose. It relieves anxiety, depression, and stress through the release of endorphin into the blood stream. A mere 15 – 20-minute session of mild physical activity begins the release of this hormone. If you can stick it out for 45 minutes, the endorphin release is maximized. We are talking about a brisk walk around the block people. Give to dog a break and make him healthy too.
The link is clear. Regular physical activity will improve your health posture. The studies and statistics bear that out. You don’t need a roomful of exercises equipment or supplements to your diet. It’s a matter of eating responsibly and walking the dog. How easy is that? Check out this video and learn more for fitness.