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This simple habit extends life: Check if you have it

This simple habit extends life: Check if you have it What habit should e in every person's life (Photo: Freepik)

Since childhood, everyone has heard: "You need to go to bed on time" and "eat well." However, no one particularly tells or teaches how sports affect health and why it should be a part of life, writes the medical community Take care.

Things to know

Trainer in health fitness Alisa Pivovarchik explained that a lack of physical activity is a global problem. Therefore, it is important to develop a habit of engaging in sports in life.

In modern conditions, people move less and less: children spend more time at desks and on smartphones, adults - in offices, on the couch, in bars, and so on.

A sedentary lifestyle is associated with the development of diseases, which are the leading causes of death worldwide. These include ischemic heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions.

Why you should add physical activity to your life

Medical aspect

Physical activity helps reduce the risks of chronic diseases and extends life expectancy. Exercises provide a chance for active longevity, slow down aging processes, including the loss of bone and muscle mass, which is a significant factor in the development of various diseases and premature death.

Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass with age, starting in some people as early as their forties. In other words, it is the loss of the ability to perform daily tasks, disability, injuries, and an increased risk of many diseases.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease in which bone mineral density and mass decrease. As a result, bone strength decreases, and the risk of fractures increases.

Everyday aspect

Training helps to feel more energetic and confident even in daily activities. With regular physical activity, you will not be limited in various types of household activities or active recreation after the age of thirty, forty, and beyond.

Physical exertion helps move where and when you need to or even just sit at work without chronic pain.

Psychological aspect

The expert says that this aspect is not often mentioned. It will give more confidence in oneself and the ability to overcome challenges.

Physical activity or sports?

Physical activity is any voluntary movement of the body involving skeletal muscles and requiring energy expenditure. In addition to skeletal muscles, there are also heart muscles and muscles that propel food through the stomach and intestines.

Thus, physical activity includes maintaining postures that also require muscle work. For example, sitting at a table or standing on your feet.

Sport, in a narrow sense, is a separate type of human activity that necessarily contains a competitive component. In sports, people compete to show the best result in a specific discipline.

Sometimes, sports, especially professional ones, can harm health.

In fitness, the same exercises that athletes do in sports can be used, but the purpose of such activity is to improve health.

Therefore, fitness and sports are not just different but opposite concepts in the context of health.

Where to start

Before turning to intense workouts, you need to be prepared with regular low-intensity exercises. Otherwise, it may end badly for your health.

Alisa Pivovarchik advises making physical activity a priority in life. In the first months of the "breakthrough" in movement, the main goal is to develop a habit and even a need to move every day.

Earlier, we reported on simple habits that can help you feel happier.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.