Being Physically Fit
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Being Physically Fit
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Are you physically fit? What exactly is physical fitness? Physical fitness is the body's ability to complete day-to-day activities without becoming too sore, too tired, or getting out of breath. Exercise is physical activity that can maintain or lead to physical fitness. Exercise can be simple, like playing outside, or more formal, like working out at a gym. Unfortunately, many people today are not physically fit. Some modern conveniences like the television remote and escalators have made some people downright lazy!
2 Not exercising can cause people to develop certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. These often develop slowly and continue for a long time.
3 On the other hand, being active has many health benefits. When a person exercises, his heart and lungs get stronger. Exercise helps blood cholesterol levels to stay within healthy ranges. Metabolic rate improves with exercise. Exercise burns more calories, so a person who exercises has a better muscle to fat ratio. There are mental benefits as well. Exercise reduces stress. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, or chemicals that make you feel well. There are social benefits to exercise, too. If you are fit, you feel better about yourself and are more likely to socialize. Certain physical activities like sports increase your social skills as you work together and interact with others.
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