Healthy Living Tips  |  Posted 09.29.14

Why Be Active?

Why Be Active?

To live life to the fullest, we need to incorporate more physical activity into our lives. Sadly, only 3 out of every 10 Americans get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.

There are numerous health benefits to be gained by being active, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. We know, through many research studies, that regular exercise also reduces the risk of colon cancer, pre & post-menopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, and pancreatic cancer – just to name a few of the many cancers that can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle.

Being active can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, making our bodies work more effectively and efficiently. Regular activity makes you feel good and improves our mental health. When we exercise, our brain releases endorphins or “feel good” chemicals that improve our mood and decrease our stress level.

Not only does being active mean you can live life fuller, but the environment also benefits. If we all walked and cycled more, our neighborhoods would be cleaner because there would be fewer cars on the road and safer because more people would be out and about.

Being active is also a great way to meet people and make new friends while participating in active leisure activities. So, this summer take advantage of our beautiful Presque Isle, and surrounding areas, by calling up your friends and meeting for a walk, bike ride, or run. The benefits are endless!

Why Be Active?

Find the motivation to get off the couch and regular activity to your daily routine. Here are a few helpful reminders about the benefits everyone can enjoy from a physically active life.

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  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Increased bone density
  • More “good” cholesterol and less “bad” cholesterol
  • Controlled blood sugar
  • Improved mood
  • Improved functional health and balance
  • Increased brain function
  • Eased arthritis symptoms

How Strong is the Evidence that Physical Activity Protects Against Cancer?

Heart diseaseBe Active and Take Steps to Avoid…

  • Stroke
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline and dementia
  • Obesity

Other Effects of Moving More

  • Reduces body fat: extra fat around the waist can raise hormone levels and increase inflammation, increasing cancer risk.
  • Boosts the immune system: some studies show that physical activity makes cells better able to fight off disease.
  • Speeds up food transit time in the gut: this lessens colon-lining exposure to potentially carcinogenic substances during digestion.