The health benefits of regular exercise cannot be denied. It’s hard work at times, but as you start to enjoy fitness, you see the benefits: losing weight, increased stamina, and feeling younger & happier in general.
Exercise has other benefits, too, but they are more subtle. Your fitness routine could save your life in an accident! Here’s how.
Everyday fitness can:
Increase Balance to Prevent Falls
We lose our sense of balance as we age, but any type of physical activity can improve it! If we take a fall as an adult and break our arm, it’s a lot harder to heal than if it happened as a kid. Activities like running, hiking, and yoga are simple ways to add physical activity to your day and increase your balance. If you want to get adventurous, you can even take a dance class!
Strengthen your Muscles & Bones to Guard Against Fractures
Regardless of how good our balance is, accidents do happen. You might fall or get in a collision and that puts you at risk for broken bones and torn ligaments. Exercise strengthens your muscles and bones and can lower the severity of these injuries. It also makes the healing process shorter by promoting healthy blood flow throughout your body.
Boost Your Reaction Time!
Keeping physically active can keep your reflexes sharp, especially if your chosen activity involves using some kind of prop or equipment. Sports like tennis will heighten your reaction times and make you safer in the rest of your life, too. You may avoid injury or accident entirely by seeing danger signs or dodging out of the way of an avoidable collision.
These are just some of the ways fitness can help keep you safe. It also adds to your quality of life and keeps you living healthy for longer. Why not add a new outdoor hobby or sport to your own routine?