The numerous benefits of physical activity
Exercise is more than weight loss and shaping the body for a better look. The positive effects on our heath go far beyond greater fitness through the training of the cardiovascular system. Sport strengthens the body and mind, is good for the soul and keeps us young. Appropriate sports can support the therapy of various diseases and have a positive impact on their course.
During aerobic training, substances are released in our brain that have various positive effects on our psychological wellness. This effect lasts beyond the training. Exercise helps reduce stress and successfully fights sleep disorders. Aggression can be reduced in training, relaxation is encouraged after training. Sport is one of the most potent antidepressants, without any side effects. Physical activity can support psychotherapy for all psychological disorders and reduce or replace the use of psychotropic drugs. It has also an analgesic effect. The effect can be enhanced by the mood-enhancing or relaxing effects of the music. Last but not least, one has to mention the psychosocial benefits. Sport promotes social contacts. Successful experiences in sport strengthens self-esteem.
Benefits for the body
Sport has numerous positive effects on our organism. Physical activity strengthens the immune system. This not only protects against infectious diseases, but also reduces the risk of developing cancer. Exercise lowers cholesterol and blood sugar and prevents type II diabetes and hypercholesterinemia. This reduces the risk factors for cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke. If you have type II diabetes and/ or hypercholesterinemia, it may reduce your medication use. Regular physical activity together with calcium and vitamin D strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis and bone fractures in elderly people. Appropriate sports train balance and coordination.
The right measure
Physical activity is healthy and should be done regularly. But as valid for everything, it is important to find the right measure. Too much exercise can be as harmful as to less. Duration and intensity should be adapted to your own training level, health status and age. The general rule is that 30 minutes on 5 days a week give already a good training effect. Rest days should be planned between the individual intervals. Everyone has to find the right sport for himself according to his taste and ability. Sport should be fun and not obligation. In case of preexisting disorders or after a longer break, a medical examination is recommended before starting.