For most people, the word “getting fit” conjures up images of intense workouts and rigorous physical activity.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to. You don’t need to spend countless hours in a gym to keep physically fit. In fact, you can keep fit by doing ordinary everyday household chores around the house.
Every time you wash the car, go swimming, walk up a flight of stairs or play baseball in the backyard, your fitness is improving.
When you’re fit and healthy, you not only look good, you feel good. Keeping physically fit early on in life has numerous benefits.
It Strengthens the Heart
Like any other muscle in the body, the heart gets stronger and more efficient the more it’s put to the test through regular exercise or physical activity. A stronger heart helps keep heart disease – the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health – at bay.
It Helps Keep Arteries and Veins Clear
Regular exercise helps to reduce the buildup of cholesterol in the blood. Your blood vessels become much more flexible, and your blood pressure reduces. This, in turn, helps to reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or a stroke.
It Strengthens Your Lungs
Over time, your lungs take in less oxygen as a result of inactivity or old age. Regular exercise increases lung capacity, and their ability to efficiently take air in and out of the body. As a result, more oxygen is taken in, as carbon dioxide is expelled.
It Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
Exercise keeps your blood sugar low by preventing sugar from building up in your bloodstream. With exercise, muscles take up more glucose from the bloodstream to use it for energy. This then reduces the risk of getting diabetes.
It Controls Weight Gain
Engaging in physical activity keeps you from being sedentary. Often, living a sedentary life means you take in more calories than you need. Over time, these excess, unused calories accumulate in your body as fat. As a person who is physically active and diet conscious, you burn more calories than you take in which gets rid of excess fat in the body and lowers weight. The less fat, the better for your heart.