Why is it worth choosing to stay active? If you are anything like the majority of our clients – making time to stay active is a task that is easier said than done. We at Dr. Andrea’s understand that making time to stay active isn’t always easy, but there are so many incredible reasons to keep your body moving as you age. As a spine, muscle, and nervous system expert, Dr. Andrea wants to share with you her top six reasons that you should prioritize staying active.
- When you stay active, you are helping to relieve lower back pain.
Let’s face it, sitting around binging shows such as Netflix doesn’t help your back pain. When you choose to incorporate exercise, especially core strengthening, you can easily improve the function of your back.
- Staying active helps improve bone health.
Did you know that evidence shows exercise works to increase bone density as well as decrease the risk of falls and fractures in elderly individuals? When your bones are strong you are diligently working towards fending off osteoporosis.
- Work to prevent obesity by staying active.
Obesity is linked to many life-threatening illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes. When you choose to prioritize staying active, you are working to prevent weight gain and other risk factors that can lead to those life-threatening illnesses.
- Improve your mental health by staying active.
Many people feeling anxious and stressed. Physical exercise is a wonderful tool to help you positively manage psychological symptoms. It is safe to say that the increase in depression in the United States has been tied and linked to a decrease in physical fitness.
- Staying active helps manage diabetes.
In the late 1950’s less than 1 million people had. Today, diabetes affects more than 100 million Americans, with over 1.5 million cases being diagnosed every year. Researchers globally have discovered that regular exercise in combination with dietary changes can help one manage diabetes.
- When you prioritize staying active, you are working to prevent the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Cancer and heart disease are common causes of death in the United States. There is evidence showing that exercise can help protect you from developing cancer in the colon, breast, uterus, and prostate. Studies have also shown that exercise lessens your risk of developing heart disease because it helps reduce the amount of fats and cholesterol in the body.
Choose to prioritize your overall health by making exercise part of your daily routine. If you are interested in learning more about managing your health with exercise, contact Dr. Andrea’s office today!