What if you had the ability to increase your full potential, extend your life expectancy, and prevent illness?
The extraordinary thing is that you do it! It is the power of movement. Movement is movement, and movement was understood as physical activity for the human body.
Physical activity is any physical activity caused by skeletal muscle that consumes energy. A subset of physical activity is exercise that refers to intentional, planned, structured, and repetitive movements that aim to improve or maintain physical fitness (World Health Organization, 2018).
Before we take a quick look at the power of this movement, take a moment to think about your normal day and routines, and write down how many wake-up hours you have daily and are sedentary. As you continue reading, think critically about how to better use the power you already have.
Exercises usually consist of three main components: cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises. Everyone is part of the overall equation of achievement to positively influence your health and fitness. Therefore, it is recommended to include all three components in a regular training program. However, there is really power in all types of movement to improve your well-being and your health regardless of the type, length or intensity. Some movements are always better than none.
The power of movement not only has a positive effect on the human body, but also on the mind (perception and emotional well-being), social well-being, the conception of life and self-perception. The more consistent physical activity is exercised (including intentional physical activity), the greater the benefit. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (201
- Blood Pressure Reduction
- Improved Cholesterol
- Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
- Reduced Triglycerides
- 19659008] Reduction of blood sugar
- Elevated high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Improved weight control and improved body fat
- Stronger bone and muscle
- ] Reduced risk of Joint problems (eg arthritis)
- Reduced risk of some types of cancer (eg colon, breast, endometrial and lung cancers)
- Improved mental health and mood
- Reduced risk of depression
- Persistent thinking, Learning and judgment with age
- Improved he sleep
- Improved ability to perform daily activities and reduced fall risk
- Increased lifespan
More specific information Typically, the American College of Sports Medicine reports on regular physical activity:
- Reduces the risk of stroke by 27%
- Reduces the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by approximately 40%
- Reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by approximately 40%
- Reduces mortality and reduces the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%
- the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%
- Reduces colorectal cancer risk by over 60%
Regular physical activity can also have significant cognitive benefits, with research showing improved performance during and after intermittent exercises (Peven et al., 2018; Dupuy et al., 2018). Recent research shows that aerobic fitness can make a positive contribution to the distribution of childhood attention resources (Raine et al., 2018). Furthermore, resistance training appears to have a particular advantage associated with inhibitory control functions in the brain (ie, the ability to inhibit or control impulsive responses, changing a response to provide a better, more thoughtful, response to the situation). (Soga et al., 2018).
The human body works best when it is active. The more we ask of our bodies, the stronger and more fitting they become. The more fit we are, the more efficient and effective we will work in all areas of our lives. The more we move our bodies, the better our minds will work.
Imagine what could happen if we started converting sitting hours per day into moving hours. The power of movement has the potential to change your life in unbelievable ways!
Dupuy, O. et al. (2018). Effect of an Acute Intermittent Exercise on Cognitive Flexibility: The Role of Training Intensity. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 2, 2, 146-156.
Peven, J.C. et al. (2018). Associations between short and long physical activities with senior function in older adults. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement 2, 2, 137-145.
Raine, L.B. et al. (2018). A large-scale reanalysis of child's fitness and inhibitory control. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2, 2, 170-192.
Soga, K. et al. (2018). Acute and long-term effects of resistance training on leadership. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2, 2, 200-207.
World Health Organization (2018). Global strategy on nutrition, exercise and health.