Why is physical activity so important for health and well-being?

Nice article by heart.org. A couple highlights, exercise can:

  • lower your blood pressure 
  • boost your levels of good cholesterol
  • improve blood flow (circulation)
  • keep your weight under control
  • prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis
  • help you quit smoking and stay tobacco-free.
  • boost your energy level so you can get more done.
  • help you manage stress and tension.
  • promote a positive attitude and outlook.
  • help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
  • improve your self-image and self-confidence.
  • help you spend more time outdoors

It's true, folks. And we'll keep harping on it. Just do something...anything. Someone told me recently that you burn more calories in deep sleep or REM sleep (he wasn't sure which, my guess would be REM if this is true, because in REM sleep you're actually almost awake) that you do sitting and watching TV. Obviously not from a direct source and I haven't done any research into whether or not it's true, but I could understand how while you sleep and your body rejuvenates itself could burn more calories than being awake on the couch binge watching Stranger Things. Anywho, you're better off moving while awake and sleeping well at night. Just Get Moving.

Physical Activity's Importance in Health.