Walking – Your steps to health
Stand up, take a leg tensioner or best of all, a brisk walk. Now it is proven that it is the small in everyday life excercise that makes a big difference. We at Healthy Family took a chat with chief physician Anders Hansen, about modern research that proves that physical activity gives great effects on both body and soul.
We don’t have to run marathons, get abs or become the worst training geeks. We don’t even have to get sweaty. New modern research shows that all forms of physical activity give so many more positive health effects than we previously thought. To stand at the desk an hour per day or run out on the break and play for a few minutes. Everything makes a difference.
But by far the best health effects provide a half-hour pulse-pounding activity every day, such as a walk or a bike ride, showing several international studies.
– If there were to be a pill that would accommodate all the positive health effects that a daily walk does, it would be the best selling pill in the world. Everyone would like to have it, says senior consultant in psychiatry, Anders Hansen. He lives as he teaches and is out for a lunch walk.
Exercise is like 50 medications
– Would everyone exercise half an hour every day, we would feel so much better, be healthier, happier, live longer and get a little smarter. It is with the body that we also train our brains, says Anders.
He has been researching the brain for 15 years and has taken part in major international surveys, which show the relationship between exercise and health. When he understood what amazing health effects exercise provides, he was not only overwhelmed but also frustrated.
My God! How can we have missed this for so long? Exercise is not just like a medication. It is rather like 50 different medications that affect the body’s organs.
Daily exercise prevents most of our most common diseases such as: cancer, dementia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes 2. It applies to everyone, both children, adults and the elderly.
– It may sound a little too good to be true. But it’s not. Exercise and training give incredible effects, says Anders Hansen who wants the new research results to make everyone think again and think new.
Anders Hansen’s tips for a healthier family life:
✔️ reduce the sedentary lifestyle: walk, take the stairs or a detour to kindergarten, school or job.
✔️ children’s brains work much better if they get moving.
✔️ have strict screen time rules. It’s okay to lock in your phone.
✔️ go on a glowalk. Memory tests show that you learn 20 percent more vocabulary if you hear them when you walk.
Forget crosswords – it’s with your body that you train your brain
Many people believe that the brain is trained with crossword puzzles or clever brain training apps, but there is no research to show that it works.
– It may sound paradoxical, but now it is proven that it is with the body that we train our brain. Training strengthens concentration, boosts creativity and improves our tolerance to stress and depression. The effects on the brain when exercising are so extensive that they can actually be described as a mental upgrade, says Anders, saying that research now shows that there is every reason to make sure that our children put their mobile phone down and start to move.
Play soccer and get better at math
“It’s not what the children do that is important without them doing anything. What matters is how intense the activity is and how long it lasts. For maximum effect on the brain should young move at least 30 minutes per day, but also shorter time does benefit. After 12 minutes of activity, both concentration and reading comprehension are improved. Through 4 minutes of physical activity, such as jogging, makes it easier to concentrate. Regular activity a few times a week for at least 2 – 3 months provides improved mathematical ability, increased creativity and better ability to keep focus and ignore impulses, says Anders Hansen.
Sitting down is just as dangerous as smoking
For the already saved training enthusiast, the results of the research will be confirmation that “I’m right!”. The challenge, says Anders Hansen, is to reach those who do not exercise at all. If they can be inspired by the new research, the health effects would be enormous. But getting people to rise from the couch is not so easy. Lethargy is a part of human nature.
– I enjoy lying on the sofa, watching TV, mobile surfing and eating chips. It is not surprising because it is in our nature to make it convenient for us, saving energy instead of getting rid of it. But, what we have to realise is that the human design has not changed, but the world we live in has done so. We are not create to sit still and live our lives through a mobile phone. Sitting still is the worst thing we can do. It’s like smoking, says Anders and thinks that exercise and exercise are often associated with performance and results. He wants to change that.
“Being physical active is not about being sporty but about giving the body and the brain the best conditions to work as well as possible. We do this by excercising. Not by top teams, winning a match or pumping biceps. And if you don’t get the magical half hour every day, everything you do is counted. For those who do not move at all and who start exercising, it will have immediate effect. If you move for a long time, the effects will be even greater.
-You will not only feel better, cope more and be happier. You will also live longer. It can be worth half an hour a day to be worthwhile, “says Anders Hansen who just finished his magical half hour.