A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’. But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of as separate.
Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions.
The primary purpose of this narrative review was to evaluate the current literature and to provide further insight into the role physical inactivity plays in the development of chronic disease and premature death.We confirm that there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseasesand premature death.
Physical inactivity is a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease and a widening variety of other chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, cancer (colon and breast), obesity, hypertension, bone and joint diseases (osteoporosis and osteoarthritis), and depression.
Some lifestyle factors can influence the state of both your physical and mental health.
Physical activity in any form is a great way to keep you physically healthy
Good nutrition is a crucial factor in influencing the way we feel. A healthy balanced diet is one that includes healthy amounts of proteins, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water
Physical inactivity is a waste of human potential for health and well-being and its high prevalence is a cause for concern. Its potential contribution to positive health (not merely the absence of disease but associated with a capacity to enjoy life and to withstand challenges16) is considerable. So much is known—yet we need to understand much more. The effective ‘dose’ of exercise needed to elicit effects likely to be of clinical importance must be defined and this information translated into practical advice readily understood by the population at risk.