Adult bodies are made of around 7 octillion atoms –
with each organ working in perfect harmony, fuelling our bodies with movement
Unfortunately, as society moves from physically demanding occupations
and lifestyles to more sedentary ones, we are seeing major health implications. According to Mayo Clinic, humans aren’t just made to move – it is actually essential to our
survival. So, what’s the impact of physical inactivity on our health?
Phyisical Inactivity is Bad for our Health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) attributes approximately 3.2
million deaths each year to insufficient physical activity. WHO also ranks physical activity as the fourth highest risk factor
for global mortality and a leading cause for various health conditions, such as:
Physical activity doesn’t just mean doing lots of
exercise – it’s about moving your body in a way that feels good. By making
small, everyday choices, you can use your body the way nature intended.
Body is Great for the Body and Mind
Exercise is a tried and tested pathway to feeling
happier and healthier. And the best part about being active is there are so
many ways to do it. From high intensity HIIT workouts. to gentle, low-impact
activities like yoga, you can find a fitness fix that suits you.
Sneaking physical activity could be as simple as finding
time to hit the gym,
spending more time on your feet, active transportation – such as riding or
walking to work – and other recreational activities.
Self-love and Confidence
There’s something beautiful about doing something
for yourself. When you take care of your body and mind, it can help you feel
more confident in the skin you’re in and boost self-love. Learn more about the mental health
benefits of staying active.
If you’re looking for another sign that our bodies
are made to move, endorphins are it! After exercise, your body’s
neurotransmitters mirror a similar dopamine response as one would experience on
happy drugs. This happy chemical helps lower your risk of mental illness,
reduce stress and boost your immune system.
Connection With Others
Group exercise, whether it’s in a team sport or group exercise
class at the gym is a fantastic way to connect with others. Not only will it help
motivate you to push harder, you can also find the right environment to bond
Find Your Favourite Way to Move
Are you looking for ways to get more active? At Virgin Active, we’re here to support
you, understand your goals and find a fitness solution that works for you. Book a free,
no-obligation tour to learn more about the Virgin Active community.