Active living

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, both physically and mentally. The list of benefits that regular physical activity can have on your health is endless. Just to mention a few, it can help to prevent and manage noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and diabetes, improves sleep quality and can help with insomnia, reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, assists with digestion, improves thinking and learning, assists with weight management, strengthens bones and muscles which helps to prevent injuries and can lower your risk of all-cause mortality by 33%!

If that doesn't convince you, you should feel happier, more relaxed and less anxious after partaking in a physical activity session. Physical activity can be anything that gets the body moving, such as walking, yoga, cycling or playing tennis.


The World Health Organisation, and other health authorities, recommends that an adult should do at least 2h30 a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. brisk walking, water aerobics or anything that gets your heart beating a little faster than normal) or 1h15 of high-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g. jogging, swimming laps, cycling uphill or fast) and some muscle-strengthening exercises on at least 2 days of the week (e.g. bodyweight exercises, lifting weights, yoga, pilates, heavy gardening).


Encourage your family to be more active, and challenge yourself to meet daily or weekly physical activity goals. Make active living a permanent part of your day - take the stairs instead of the lift, park at the far end of the parking lot, play with your pets/ kids, walk or cycle to the shops, do some squats while brewing your tea. Celebrate your ability to move, your body will thank you!


A balanced and nutritious diet also forms an important part of a healthy lifestyle. POWA protein powders consist of the perfect blend of nutrient-dense, high-quality plant-based protein sources with a balanced amino acid profile. They are also a source of fat and high in fibre, with many natural vitamins and minerals and with no added sugars!

 

References


https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/physical-activity#:~:text=should%20do%20at%20least%20an,least%203%20days%20a%20week.


https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/exercising-for-better-sleep

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/index.htm

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