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Why is physical fitness important?

Why is physical fitness important?

Morning run. Lunchtime Hussle. Gruelling weights session. Why do we do it to ourselves? Sometimes we all need a little reminder of the benefits of a regular Hussle to keep us motivated.

It’s not all about weight-loss and bulging biceps – real physical fitness goes way beyond the surface. 

So if you need a little help to dust of your trainers this side of the New Year, here are the key benefits of exercise (and reasons you should grab yourself a Monthly+ Pass!):

Increases your life expectancy

Although regular workouts won’t guarantee you centenarian-status, they can most definitely add years to your life. The recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day can slow down the ageing process.

A recent US study found that high levels of activity prevented the natural shortening of our telemores. In fact, you could gain a biological advantage of up to nine years!  Not quite the fountain of youth, but certainly a step towards it.

Reduces your injury risk

No one wants to be down and out so take preventative action now.

Reducing injury risk has a lot to do with building up body tissues to withstand stress. Therefore, the best exercises are strengthening ones such as weight training, resistance bands, cycling and bodyweight exercises like squats. These will make your muscles thicker, more robust and quicker to recover if you do get injured.

Reduces your risk of disease

Again. We’ve seen it before. Exercise reduces your risk of major illnesses like heart disease, cancer, dementia and type 2 diabetes by up to 50%.

It really is a miracle cure. No medication or GP required. It doesn’t have to cost anything. You just need a commitment to move. 

Try a Monthly+ Pass to help you reach the recommended 150 minutes a week. 

Boosts your mental health

This point is especially important. According to numerous studies, exercise brings us a sense of purpose and value, improved sleep, reduced stress and stronger social relationships. You will be able to experience more and participate in more activities.

That’s a pretty good list of benefits to have in your life. In short, physical fitness makes you happier.

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the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.