Just how important is fitness to your overall health?

Whether you are maintaining your health or actively trying to improve it, fitness efforts can only help. It’s hard enough to get enough sleep, eat well, take care of your mental health, but having to work out regularly, too? How can you find the time for that? And really, is fitness all that important for your overall health?

As it turns out, yes. But committing to fitness doesn’t have to be complicated. Just moving your body in general can be quite beneficial. To find out about the importance of fitness and easy way implement it into your everyday life, keep reading.

Health is more than your just your diet

You might have heard the sayings, “Abs are made in the kitchen,” or “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” While diet is extremely important and can make a huge difference, exercise is equally important for your overall health.

Specifically, physical activity on a regular basis  improves your brain health, strengthens your bones and muscles, and helps reduce the risk of certain diseases. According to the CDC, regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Exercising regularly  improves your mood and energy levels

Another saying you’ve probably heard before? “An object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest, stays at rest.” Otherwise known as Newton’s First Law of Motion, this is for those who work out versus those who do not. Exercise actually boosts your energy levels. And when you into a good habit of exercising, keeping it up can be effortless.

Additionally, physical activity has also been proven to improve your mood and  ease depression and anxiety. Physical activity can not only improve your physical and mental health as well.

Here’s how much exercise you need and easy ways to start

Regular physical activity is starting to sound rather good, right? But we know that it can be overwhelming when you’re just starting out. The good news is that the CDC also reports that adults need about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to stay healthy, which comes down to 30 minutes a day for just five days.

So where can you start? What are some easy ways you can exercise to still improve your health? Well, walking is a great exercise that’s easy to implement no matter how fit you might be. Additionally, you could go for a bike ride, join a gym, take some fun exercise classes, swim, and so much more. Even playing outside with your kids can be great exercise. Again, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Just try to move your body every day, and you’ll start to see so many improvements in your health.

Although exercise is very important for you mental and physical health, and you can enjoy fun ways you can get your body moving. So, devote 30 minutes a day to moving, and see how you feel after even just one week!