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* Importance of physical activity of man

* Types of physical activity:

* Consequences of physical inactivity

* Benefits of physical activity

* Conclusions

* Bibliography


Conducting regular and systematic physical activity has proven to be a highly beneficial practice in the prevention, development and rehabilitation of health, as well as a means to build character, discipline, decision-making and enforcement of the rules benefiting and the development of the practitioner in all areas of daily life. Today this view has been accepted by many, however, over time, has had its booms and regression.

This paper is a review of its development and its practical benefits are obtained.



Physical activity and sports in general, have historically been viewed as an important event in the life of peoples, with periods of elation and regression as in the Middle Ages.

In early times, the man must survive in hostile environments, where prevailing law of the fittest thus should be developed and maintained in good physical condition, with the passing of time this need for fitness became less important and the human being has adapted to practices, contrary to his nature, which had led to remain physically inactive.

Subsequently, physical activity was linked to the practice of war by the struggles of conquests of territory, at other times, the sport was considered a privilege which could only royalty and enjoy for the rest of people’s physical activity is summarized activity related to their daily activities. In the late nineteenth century, there were those who regarded the sports enthusiasts as unemployed, which interfered with the development of other activities, and it is from the years 1913 and 1919 when it begins to be given some importance to the development of psychomotor area, with the Incorporating Physical Education as a subject in the school curriculum

With the passing of the years has amassed physical activity and sports for various purposes: as individuals, for the benefit of bodily health and beauty, and in general, the practice has spread as lucrative show driven by technological advances, media and marketing.

Types of physical activity:

There are two types of exercise: isotonic and isometric.

* Isotonic exercise involves the contraction of muscle groups against a low resistance over a long run, such as running, swimming or calisthenics. Isotonic exercise is more beneficial for the cardiovascular system: increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart and promotes the proliferation of small vessels that carry oxygen to the muscles, these changes allow for sustained physical activity. An example of this type of exercise is aerobics exercise system designed to improve cardiovascular conditions. A regular program of aerobic can improve the body’s ability to absorb oxygen efficiently, increasing the force and increases

resistance. For maximum performance, the exercises

Aerobic should be three to five times a week,

minimum period of 15 minutes to an hour.

* Isometric exercise muscles move against high resistance along a short route, as the push or pull an immovable object. Isometric exercise is best for developing large muscles, increases the thickness of the muscle fibers and their ability to store glycogen, the fuel of muscle cells. This type of exercise is designed to increase muscle strength, an example of this is the work done with machines and weightlifting.

Consequences of Physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity, that habit to stop using the body to meet the demands of their way of life, behavior is contrary to the nature of man which results in the body to weaken and fatigue faster, even in activities desktop.

Lack of physical activity results in:

* The increase in body weight by an imbalance between income and expenditure of calories, which can reach levels classified as obesity.

* Decreased elasticity and joint mobility, muscle hypotrophy, decreased ability and responsiveness.

* Slowing of circulation with consequent heaviness and edema, and development of dilated veins (varices).

* Pain lumbar support system injuries, poor posture, due to the underdevelopment of the respective tone muscle mass.

* Tendency to diseases like hypertension, diabetes, colon cancer.

* Frequent sensation of weariness, disappointment, discomfort, low self-esteem related to body image, etc.


The practice of activity in a systematic and regular basis must be

as a significant element in the prevention, development and rehabilitation of health.

Overall, the beneficial effects of physical activity can be seen in the following aspects:

* Organic: – Increased elasticity and joint mobility.

* Increased coordination, skill and responsiveness.

* Gain muscle which leads to increased metabolism, which in turn causes a decrease in body fat (Prevention of obesity and its consequences).

* Increased body fatigue (tiredness).

* A cardiac level, there was an increase of the organic resistance, improved circulation, regulating pulse and decreased arterial pressure.

* In the lungs, improvement is seen in lung and subsequent oxygenation.

* Development of muscle strength, which in turn determines an increase in bone strength (increased bone-mineral density) thus prevents osteoporosis.

* Improved body position by strengthening the lumbar muscles.

* Prevention of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, colon cancer, back pain, etc..

* Psychological and emotional:

* Regular physical activity to produce an improvement in organ function, seems to produce a sense of psychological well-being and a positive outlook on life, which in turn positively affects the somatic area. By developing a better body control, better security and confidence in their development to everyday tasks.

It has been determined that those who regularly practice any exercise or physical activity, have a better response to depression, anxiety, fear and disappointment, and on the other hand, are strengthened to boredom, boredom and fatigue.

Strengthening the body image and self-concept will strengthen the persistence to improve and gives the person a sense of accomplishment, independence and control of their life, while encouraging perseverance towards late.

Participation in physical activities and sports, can cause negative emotions such as fear, aggression, anger, and likewise, can provide the participant with the tools to cope, learning to control his emotions.


Sport is a way of learning to live, to face her as civic downside, in the struggle not only with others but with himself, with our desires, strengths and weaknesses.

* Social: The sport allows people as individual entities have vitality, stamina, strength, energy fundamental to his duty in the social sphere in which they operate. In competitions there is a process of teaching and learning in teams, the need for assistance, compliance with the rules and respect on the contrary, of the subordination of the triumphs and individual awards for the reputation and success of the team . Anyone who plays a sport is organized as an optimist, persistent in the struggle for achieving their goals, showing mutual respect, honesty and sense of responsibility.


Physical activity should be taken as a regular and systematic practice in the lives of all persons, regardless of age, sex, social status or occupation, by the endless health benefits organic, emotional and mental state of the people, as it provides tools that allow the individual to face life with a different fitness, better health, strengthening the diligence and perseverance, with a sense of honesty, accountability and compliance, in short, allows people as entities have individual vitality, vigor, strength and energy essential to his duty in the social group to which they belong.


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Rafael Parra