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Article posted on August 3, 2023

The Importance of Being Active

Being active is of paramount importance for both our physical and mental well-being. Engaging in regular physical activity offers several benefits that contribute to a healthier and more fulfilling life. Firstly, it helps maintain a healthy weight by burning calories and increasing metabolism. This is crucial in preventing obesity and related health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.
Furthermore, an active lifestyle improves cardiovascular health, enhancing the efficiency of the heart and reducing the risk of heart disease. Regular exercise also aids in strengthening muscles and bones, promoting better posture and reducing the likelihood of injuries. 
Beyond the physical benefits, staying active has a profound impact on mental health. Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, often referred to as "feel-good" hormones, which can alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Engaging in activities such as jogging, yoga, or team sports also provides opportunities for social interaction and a sense of belonging, contributing to improved mental well-being.
Being active enhances cognitive function as well. Studies have shown that regular physical activity improves memory, attention span, and overall cognitive abilities. It increases blood flow to the brain, stimulating the growth of new neurons and fostering brain health.
In today's sedentary lifestyle, the importance of being active cannot be overstated. Incorporating even small doses of physical activity into daily routines can yield substantial benefits. Walking instead of driving short distances, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or engaging in hobbies that require movement are all steps towards a more active lifestyle.
In conclusion, the significance of being active goes beyond mere physical fitness. It encompasses improved physical health, mental well-being, and cognitive function. Embracing an active lifestyle can lead to a higher quality of life and a decreased risk of numerous health problems.
Talk to your doctor if you need help coordinating between your health conditions and physical activity. If you are looking for help with your weight issues, heart health, or quitting smoking, sign up for one of our free, online classes.
WestView PCN is a group of family doctors who work together with an extensive team of health professionals to provide the best primary health care to our community in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Parkland County, and neighbouring Indigenous communities. In partnership with Alberta Health Services and various community providers, you are covered round the clock for basic, everyday health needs including a Virtual Care Clinic that is an alternative to a walk-in clinic in Spruce Grove.  

Last Updated: Thursday, August 03, 2023

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