How Important Is It To Be Physically Fit?
(To really enjoy life?  Read on !)

Physical fitness involves much more than having a lean, well sculptured body with a well-defined six-pack abs.

A person who is physically fit may or may not have a perfectly shaped body.  S/he will have a sharp, clear mind, good physical endurance, sufficient energy to get through the day’s tasks, and an optimistic outlook on life.

Excercises to get Physically Fit

These good qualities and many others, appear more often in a person who is physically fit than in a person who leads a sedentary lifestyle and may also be obese. 

Good physical fitness needs good nutrition and adequate rest.  These become more vital as we become seniors.  Younger people can, with a limited degree of impunity, occasionally violate health laws and suffer seemingly little or no short term consequences.

As the years add up, we seniors discover that we must pay closer attention to how we care for our bodies.  To remain active and energetic we must be sure we get adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise.

As we grow older, our metabolism, or the speed at which our body functions, begins to slow down.  A good exercise or physical fitness program can reverse this process and actually slow the aging process by increasing our metabolism to the rate of a younger person.

Below is only a partial list of the many benefits of being physically fit.

...Then the Age Thing Again

As we grow older, our metabolism, or the speed at which our body functions, begins to slow down.  A good exercise or physical fitness program can reverse this process and actually slow the aging process by increasing our metabolism to the rate of a younger person.

Below is only a partial list of the many benefits of being physically fit.

It helps to reduce stress.

It helps maintain a healthy weight and avoid unwanted weight gain or obesity.

It helps you avoid diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

It can give you more energy to play with the kids/grand kids, walk the dog, travel, etc.

You feel more satisfied with yourself.

It helps you fight infections and illnesses, including certain cancers.

Now that we have a better idea of what Physical Fitness is, let’s look at why it can be important to actually be physically fit.

It can improve your quality of life by providing a sense of physical and mental well-being and improving your ability to perform everyday tasks.

It can help you avoid diet related diseases.

It can also delay the onset of chronic diseases that may come with aging.

You feel and look better.

It helps maintain a healthy weight and avoid unwanted weight gain or obesity.

It helps you avoid diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc.

It can give you more energy to play with the kids/grand kids, walk the dog, travel, etc.

You will lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

You will have a lower chance of being depressed or suffering other types of emotional problems.

You will feel less fatigued, and generally sleep better.

You will lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

You will have a lower chance of being depressed or suffering other types of emotional problems.

You will live longer.  As a group, exercisers out-live non-exercisers.


So, what do you think?  Is it worth the time and effort?  


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