Expert Tips on How to Have Lead an Active Lifestyle

Expert Tips on How to Have Lead an Active Lifestyle

The Benefits of Physical Activity

An active lifestyle can look like many different things depending on who you ask. Generally, leading an active, healthy lifestyle consists of incorporating daily physical fitness to your routine. 

Consider our homo sapien ancestors and their day-to-day activities. Before farming, industrialization, and technology, early mankind spent a majority of their time walking, stooping, carrying, reaching, and climbing. Such was the way of life just a few centuries ago. While the average lifespan was certainly shorter, physical fitness and mental health meant survival for you and your family. 

In many parts of the world, life and livelihood still depends on sourcing water, hunting food, and building shelter. However, in America and other Global North countries, our average life spans may be increasing but our overall physical health and wellness is on the decline. A large portion of United States residents spend their days at desk jobs, indoors, working with screens. Food is cheap and accessible, so we often turn to the quick, easy thing to fill our bellies. Automobiles are relatively affordable and cities were constructed to foster driving rather than walking or biking. 

Now, it seems that we must go to the ends of the earth just to ensure we are getting enough aerobic exercise to keep our bodies and minds working properly. There are countless risks associated with being sedentary, including obesity, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint pain, muscle stiffness, chronic diseases, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, hormonal imbalances, and so much more. 

Similar to the laundry list of risks associated with an inactive lifestyle, the health benefits of leading an active, fit existence are almost innumerable. Increased energy levels, better cardiovascular circulation, healthy blood pressure levels, flexibility, mobility, and a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, problems associated with obesity, muscle strain, back pain, are just a few health benefits from regular physical activity. Additionally, exercise has such a huge impact on our mental health and can increase clarity, improve focus, boost mood, foster self-confidence, and so much more.  

The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to hit the gym twice a day, sign up for a crossfit class, or run a marathon to receive the health benefits of exercise and improve your quality of life. Simply incorporating moderate activity into your lifestyle can work wonders. Here’s how. 

Straightforward tips for being more active 

There are plenty of subtle changes we can make in our daily routines to increase our activity levels. Try the following simple tricks to hack your way towards an active lifestyle. 

Lifestyle Adaptations to Increase Activity Levels

An active lifestyle extends beyond actual movement and can grow to incorporate hobbies that are naturally more of a workout. Here are some concrete tips for gaining strength, committing to aerobic exercise, and increasing mobility as your body ages. 

Now get moving!

It’s obvious that an active lifestyle is superior to a sedentary one and contributes a host of health benefits that make our lives happier, healthier, and easier. The sedentary way that most Americans live is a public health crisis that we can start to help solve. 

Start small and work your way up toward a more physically fit life. Before embarking on any extreme exercise program, consult your doctor so that you are aware of any prohibitive health conditions. 

UCF Health offers ample resources in our patient portal to get and stay healthy. In addition to COVID-19 updates for patients, we offer tips for heart healthy eating, ways to connect with an Orlando cardiologist, an online scheduling tool, and so much more.