Taking A Closer Look At The Importance Of Physical Activity Here In The United States
Here in the United States and truly all throughout the world as a whole, getting up and moving is critical for health. Regular physical activity helps to keep us in a good state physically, and can help to shed any extra pounds that we might be carrying if that is the case. In addition to this, exercise on a regular basis is certainly good from a mental perspective as well, as it allows for the release of endorphins and the like and can provide a stress relieving feeling among those who participate in it.
And exercise can even be ideal for brain development, when you look at children. The development of fine and gross motor skills, for instance, must happen before the age of six if it will ever happen. Those who do not develop these skills are likely to struggle more all throughout their lives – and not just during their childhood years. Fortunately, regular physical movement and play can allow those skills to develop with the children every really noticing, and this active play is good for their bodies as well as for their minds.
Unfortunately, many people here in the United States – children and adults alike – have become sedentary. Recent data shows that only about 5% of all adults throughout the country are getting even just a mere half of an hour of exercise a day, with less than half of this population meeting the weekly recommendations for exercise. And children are supposed to be exercising for at least one hour a day, but only about one third of them are getting up and moving as they should be.
There are many reasons for this to be the case. For one thing, many parents – about two thirds of them – have noted a concern over the rampant use of electronics by children and adults alike, as this can discourage people from engaging in regular physical activity by filling up their time with electronic entertainment. In addition to this, many people are simply too busy to fit exercise into their days, or else find themselves too tired to try to structure a workout at home or even at the gym. And many others simply do not know where they should start when it comes to exercise.
Kickboxing classes and martial arts classes like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes can help to rectify some of this sedentary living, at least in part. After all, kickboxing classes and the like have become more and more popular over the course of recent years, with nearly seven million people participating in these kickboxing classes over the course of the year (according to data that was gathered back in the year of 2016). Kickboxing classes can be a great way to learn dedication and determination, and kickboxing classes of varying levels can be appropriate for people of many different ages. And kickboxing classes are far from the only form of organized activity out there.
In addition to kickboxing classes, ancient martial arts like Tai Chi have remained popular here in the United States. As a matter of fact, more than three and a half million people participated in Tai Chi in that same year of 2016 as looked at above. For many people, Tai Chi can help not only to get into a better physical condition, but can improve balance and flexibility as well, two things that can also be very important indeed when it comes to health. For many elderly people, practicing Tai Chi can help them to gain more confidence in their physical abilities, something that is important to maintain as we age and as our bodies naturally become more fragile. And Tai Chi is, of course, far from the only form of martial arts available to people all throughout the country – as well as in many other places all throughout the world as well.
At the end of the day, regular movement is a must in order to maintain overall health and a good physical condition. For many people, kickboxing classes and the like are more than ideal.