As Smartphones, Tablets and Video Games rapidly nudge our generation towards being entirely bone idle, the importance of staying physically fit becomes more pertinent every day. Obviously, the team here at ZH Pilates is mad about physical fitness, and we explain some of the reasons why you should be too…

What are the benefits of keeping fit?

Staying fit essentially means keeping your body active and functioning at a high level. Taking part in regular exercise of any kind will maintain the performance of your heart and lungs, efficiently burning off excess calories and keeping your weight under control. Aside from the obvious pros like muscle gain and improved endurance, exercise will also decrease the chances of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Nobody likes going to the doctor and regular exercise will keep those visits to a minimum.

Who needs to stay fit, anyway?!

Everybody does! Regardless of your age, it is important for everyone to maintain some level of physical fitness. Due to busy work and social lives, more than 50% of us do not partake in the recommended amount of daily exercise. Generally, the older we get, the less active we become – and this doesn’t need to be the case.

Those pesky middle-age years are the most crucial when it comes to physical health. This is the optimum time to maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones and prevent serious illness.

So, what exercise should I do?

It’s less about what you do and more about just doing something. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. It’s important to find some form of exercise that you can get enjoyment from whilst also feeling the benefit physically. Moderate activities like walking, swimming or cycling are all great starting points, but everybody is different. Pilates, for example, can be as moderate or as strenuous as you want it to be!

In any case, to feel the most benefit, we suggest beginning any form of exercise with an easy 5 – 10 minute warm up to get your blood flowing and prepare your body for activity. This will also drastically reduce the risk of injury.

Written for ZH Pilates by Sam Dennis.