Why is traditional physical fitness not an integral part of the new fitness training?
The new fitness standards require that most students be physically active.
Yet physical fitness is still seen as an afterthought in many people’s daily lives.
As a result, many people don’t think about how they might get active, says Jennifer Follman, an assistant professor of health psychology at the University of California, San Diego.
And the lack of focus in the health profession on physical activity also contributes to the high rate of obesity in the U.S., which is often associated with poor health.
Here’s why you should pay attention to physical activity as part of your fitness regimen: You’ll feel better When you walk into the gym, you might feel as if you’ve been doing something for the last 20 minutes, says Dr. Follmann.
“The whole thing is about doing things in a way that feels good,” she says.
“You’re putting your energy into something that feels really good.”
You’ll be happier, too When you spend your day running, or doing yoga, or swimming, you’re probably tired.
So are your muscles, says Follmon.
“I think it’s important to put those muscles on the ground and do things that really are good for you, so that you feel good,” says Fok.
Exercise can also help you focus on your life.
When you have to do a difficult task or a long work day, you need a way to get out of your head and focus on what you need to do, says Erika Stemple, a professor of social work at the College of William and Mary.
You’ll have a better work-life balance When you work, it’s easy to get distracted.
You might get distracted when you’re watching TV, or you might get caught up in your thoughts about what you just did or who just did it.
So, you want to stay in the moment.
“It’s a lot easier to get on with the task at hand if you’re not distracted,” says Stemp.
You can also work harder.
“If you have a big project to complete, then the task that comes before it will take more energy,” says Dr Follmen.
That’s because you’ll be working harder to get things done.
“So, the more you’re engaged, the less likely you are to have a stressful day,” says Michael D. DeBartolo, a health psychologist and the director of the National Center for Health Research on Physical Activity, Physical Wellness and Well-Being at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
But the research is clear: Physical activity improves people’s health and their overall well-being, so you should try it, says DeBertolo.
“There’s a strong connection between exercise and well- being, and physical activity can improve your overall health and well being,” says DePinto.
Plus, research shows that physical activity improves your health when it’s coupled with healthy diet and lifestyle habits.
Physical activity is a natural part of any well-planned, balanced lifestyle that helps you feel energized, happy, and in control.
So get started with physical activity today.