Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
In addition, the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease increases the more you are inactive. Korean Journal of Family Medicinestudy says.
Just over 34 million Americans have diabetes and 88 million American adults have prediabetes, according to a 2020 CDC Diabetes Statistical Report.
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, is caused by your body not getting enough insulin, a hormone that allows your body to use glucose (blood sugar) which gives you energy.
Switching to a more active lifestyle can help manage your diabetes, as exercise makes your body more sensitive to insulin, according to the CDC.
Heart disease, like heart attacks and heart failure, causes 655,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the CDC.
But regular exercise is a major key to preventing heart disease, as well as to eating healthy, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, and keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure low.
Mental health effects
Staying active can have positive mental health effects, as exercise releases endorphins, or natural “happy chemicals” in the body that can leave you feeling high and euphoric, often compared to morphine.
When you focus your attention on crushing your workout, your concerns and worries often take a back seat.
Staying active can also increase your self-confidence, as regular exercise is a major part of maintaining a fit and healthy physique.
The inability or lack of motivation to exercise during the pandemic has had negative effects on the mental health of people in the United States and around the world, according to a study in Preventive medicine reports.
Between April and September 2020, researchers conducted an online survey of 4,026 adults in Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon and West Virginia.
The results show that the more physically active adults were during the pandemic, the less likely they were to face mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety.
Adults in more urban areas said they had a harder time staying active, possibly due to environmental factors, which led to greater mental health problems, according to the study.