The Active Lifestyle

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Today's generation of youths is very different from any that have preceded it. Children in today's society have countless technological blessings that previous generations could not have possibly enjoyed. Between gaming systems, instant messaging, email and the Internet, most teens do not allocate as much time as they should to performing physical activities. This trend of inactiveness is not solely rising in the teenage generation. Likewise, adults are finding it more difficult to find time for regular exercise in their busy schedule. Between work and keeping up a relationship or raising a family, they tend to stop being active. As a result, this can seriously affect their physical health, especially later on in life. Therefore, to secure healthy mental and physical well-being throughout one's life, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle.

Being active has tremendous effects on a person's physical health. Merely jogging, swimming, or taking part in any other activity on a regular basis can help the human body perform more efficiently and live longer.

Studies have proven that one's weight can be kept under control by taking part in regular exercise. The heart of an individual with an ideal weight is put under less stress and thereby is less likely to suffer from arrhythmia than the heart of an overweight individual. By being active, an individual's lungs will become more efficient which will in turn lead to fewer occurrences of shortness of breath. Though giving examples of the positive effects of staying active is useful, making it even easier to see the benefits would be giving the negative effects of being extremely inactive. A young man, due to sitting in the same position for more than 15 hours while playing a videogame, developed a blood cloth in his leg which then traveled through his blood...