Presentation on theme: "What benefits do you think you gain from regular physical activity?"— Presentation transcript:
What benefits do you think you gain from regular physical activity?
Any movement that requires your large muscle groups to work is considered physical activity. What are some examples? Teens should spend at least 60 minutes per day in physical activity. Fact or Myth: Physical activity causes chemical changes in your brain that can influence your mood.
Cardiovascular System: ◦ Heart and blood vessels receive the most benefit from regular physical activity. ◦ As your heart becomes stronger it can pump more blood with less effort. ◦ The number of capillaries in your muscles increases, which may reduce blood pressure. ◦ Exercise also lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Weight Maintenance: ◦ Regular physical activity increases your basal metabolic rate-the amount of energy your body uses when you are at rest. ◦ An active metabolism makes it easier to remain at a healthy weight. ◦ Staying at a healthy weight can reduce your risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Bone Strength: ◦ Physical activities should include some weight bearing exercises such as jumping rope or walking. ◦ These activities make your bones stronger and denser. ◦ Having strong dense bones may reduce your chances of developing osteoporosis later in life.
Balance and Coordination: ◦ Physical activity improves your balance and coordination, which may, in turn, improve your athletic ability. ◦ In addition, good balance and coordination can also reduce your risk of injury while performing chores such as climbing ladders or carrying packages down stairs.
During continuous exercise, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that block pain messages from reaching your brain cells. Endorphins are also responsible for the feelings of satisfaction and pleasure you feel after a good workout.
People who exercise regularly are likely to be more self-confident and focused, and have reduced stress levels. Simple stretching exercises, for example, can relax tense muscles and help you sleep better. If you are upset or depressed, physical activity can help improve your mood. Many health professionals consider physical activity an important part of treatment for depression.