What’s your favorite summer activity? Whether you enjoy training for a race, playing a game of tennis or basketball with friends, or going for a light walk or bike ride outdoors, all have important health benefits. Physical activity helps build muscle and increase the efficiency of our nervous system, which also helps improve balance and coordination. Cardiovascular-type exercise helps condition our heart and lungs by increasing blood flow to keep these organs strong and healthy.
Exercise also allows our brain to function at it’s best. It helps elevate the natural hormones in our body which can improve mood and feelings of wellness. Physical activity improves alertness, attention and motivation, therefore optimizing our mind-set. It is thought that exercise can help defend us from stress, anxiety and mood disorders. It is important for our mind and body to stay active throughout life and a simple 30 minutes a day of your favorite activity is all it takes!
By Haley Carrier