By guest editor: Keisha Coggins
Keeping the body moving is vital through all seasons, however summer tends to be the time where we relax the most. Despite knowing the benefits of rest during this period, to keep off the aches and pains is best done while we are active through these summer months.
Here are a few insights of the effects of inactivity versus activity.
- Inactivity amongst individuals is the leading cause of deaths in developed countries. (WHO, 2002)
- One study analyzed the global effect of inactivity on the increase of diseases. The researchers estimated that physical inactivity accounts for 6% of the burden of heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, 10% of breast cancer, and 10% of colon cancer. Inactivity also causes 9% of premature mortality. These staggering statistics put the true dangers associated with inactivity into a global perspective.
- Studies have found that people who spend more time each day watching television, sitting, or riding in cars have a greater chance of dying early than people who are more active.
- Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and it can also help control stress, improve sleep, boost mood, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of falling and improve cognitive function in older adults.
- Regular physical activity helps the body function better – it keeps heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases at bay, and is a key component for losing weight.
- Research has found that physical exercise has been valuable in the prevention of cognitive impairment, dementia in old age and has shown a “positive impact on brain metabolism… and general mood and sleep” (Mantura et al 2017)
Summer is a great time to utilise the weather and any outdoor sports or classes that will be running. Keeping active will be one of the best decisions you can make this summer.
Thank you, Keisha!
Cartwheels at the beach are great for some! If are nowhere near a beach (or don’t want to risk a cartwheel), walking outdoors, especially in green areas, and playing in the park (or garden, if you have one), are great options to stay active and promote health this summer.
Involve the whole family! Make it a game…
For more structured exercise options, remember that we are keeping our classes going over the summer: Pilates and yoga are running throughout the summer and tai chi and vitality circuits are also available most of the summer!
Holistic Fitness Consultant
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