Is physical activity a necessity or just a fad?

Is physical activity a necessity or just a fad?

How active are you on a daily basis? I guess it depends on the type of work you do. If your job requires moving around a lot, then you might be in good shape. Otherwise, you are probably struggling like many of us.

When I am referring to physical activity, I do not automatically imply exercise. I am talking about all the physical activity one performs, any body movement that consumes energy. Activities like running chores, gardening, walking around, playing with the kids, climbing a mountain, or dancing.

Any previous generations never experienced the level of comfort we have today. Thanks to technology advancements, everything is at our fingertips. We no longer have to go even shopping, it takes one click, and all we need or want is at our doorstep. Most of our jobs require prolonged sitting, and our commutes became much longer. These few factors are contributing to a sedentary lifestyle.

The need for exercising became prevalent in the last decades because of the reasons I mentioned above. In addition, stress levels are higher than ever before. There is not enough time to cram everything in a day. Therefore, exercising is no longer an option; it is a must.

The saddest part is, according to the World Health Organization, “more than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active.” The percentage is mind-blowing! What are we doing about it? Should we not lead by example or create an environment where being active is a norm?

I cannot help but think of my childhood and adolescent years. From early days, I was constantly moving except while sleeping or doing homework. Spending time in nature, playing, doing chores, or farming. Every day, I used to walk to and from school almost two miles.

I remember fondly of those times because were some of my happiest, and I carry them with me for the rest of my life. All adolescents should have the same level of activity and involvement.

Studies show that physical activity is linked to the overall health. Our body is created to be in motion, not to be inactive for countless hours. Regular physical activity is contributing to chronic diseases’ prevention, building the overall strength and stamina, and increasing the chance of living a longer and happier life.

We have to perform the activities with a certain level of intensity to reap the health benefits. The objective is to make your heart beat faster and breathe harder. Therefore, the intensity level should be at least medium or vigorous even if done for a short amount of time.

In conclusion, the physical activity it is a necessity for people of all ages.