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Here’s Why The Human Body Is Made To Move

by Jacinta Koelewyn on Monday 2 March 2020

 

Adult bodies are made of around 7 octillion atoms – with each organ working in perfect harmony, fuelling our bodies with movement and power.

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:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Depression      

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.

Moving Your 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.

Endorphins

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 with people.

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.


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