What It Means to Live An Active and Healthy Lifestyle Essay

1242 Words Nov 6th, 2013 5 Pages
What It Means
To Live an Active and Healthy Lifestyle

By James Smallhorn-West

What does it mean to be active and healthy? Does it just mean that you have good health? Did you know that on average, only 13% of men are physically fit, but 69% of men believe that they are physically fit? It is very important to stay in shape. Living and active and healthy lifestyle is beneficial in many ways to not only yourself but to those around you. Being active and healthy does not have to be hard; it is just a simple matter of routine.

Being active and healthy can mean many things; to some it may mean pushing the limits and exerting yourself to become fitter or stronger, but to many it just means staying in shape
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Millions […] suffer from chronic illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity”. As of 2002 12.6 million people had coronary heart disease as a result of being physically unfit. Regular exercise improves the body’s overall health and helps in fighting diseases. It does not take that much work to be fit; all you have to do is at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. You could run to school or work, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, or go to the gym. Being physically fit “can also reduce feelings of depression, relieve anxiety, help control weight, [and] build and maintain healthy bones”. Just a little bit of exercise each day can make a huge difference in how you live your life.

There are many different kinds of physical activities and each of them has different benefits. There is cardiovascular, strength or weight training, flexibility, and balance. Cardiovascular is a kind of exercise that gets your heart rate up and decreases body fat. It also improves the health of your heart and lungs. Strength or weight training is to make you stronger. It increases your metabolism and increases your muscle mass. It can also make your bones stronger for healthy aging. Flexibility helps make movement easier and improve flexibility to reduce muscle strain or pain. Balance improves your posture and prevents you from falling when doing activities. It is important that you do all of these different kinds of

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