Human body composition gradually shifts; the proportion of muscle decreases and the proportion of fat increases with increasing age. This shift slows body metabolism, making it easier to gain weight.
Lack of Exercise
Commonly, many people become less physically active as they get older and being used to get more facilities, increasing the risk of weight gain.
In addition to a healthy eating plan, an active lifestyle will help maintain body weight. By choosing to add more physical activity in daily life, one can increase the number of calories which are burnt by the body. This makes it more likely maintain weight. Although physical activity is an integral part of weight management, it is also a vital part of health in general. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk for many chronic diseases and it can help keep body healthy and strong.
Importance of Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is more important for good health and is especially important if you are trying to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight.
Burn off Calories
When losing weight, more physical activity increases the number of calories your body uses for energy or “burns off.” The burning of calories through physical activity, combined with reducing the number of calories you eat, creates a “calorie deficit” that results in weight loss.
Reduce Calories Intake
Most weight loss occurs because of decreased caloric intake. However, evidence shows the only way to maintain weight loss is to be engaged in the regular physical activity.
Heart Diseases and Diabetes
Most importantly, physical activity reduces risks of cardiovascular disease and diabetes beyond that produced by weight reduction alone.
Physical activity also helps to:
- Maintain weight.
- Reduce high blood pressure.
- Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer.
- Reduce arthritis pain and associated disability.
- Reduce risk for osteoporosis and falls.
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.