Commit to be Fit

Why and How to Become More Active

Dumbbells and elastic bands are a great way to stay fit. Photo Courtesy: James Dalby.

Dumbbells and elastic bands are a great way to stay fit. Photo Courtesy: James Dalby.

James Dalby

     Especially in these times, physical health and fitness is an important component in every person’s life. Striving to improve physical health has the power to benefit lives. It allows people to get out of their comfort zone and to push themselves. It is something more people should be doing, and is valueable for everyone.

     The first step to becoming more active is to get started. Patrick Paulson, a physical trainer,  says, “I started working out to become a better athlete. Being physically stronger, faster, and more flexible has helped me with my sports career and can obviously help with everyday sort of things.” 

     Becoming physically active doesn’t have to involve the use of weights. Paulson explains, “it could be going for walks, stretching, or playing a sport.”

     Routinely performing physical activity can benefit health in many ways. It creates something for people to improve at and push themselves. Paulson says, “I recommend everyone should be exercising at least three times a week for 30 minutes.” Senior Owen Kepshire agrees, saying, “people should be going to the gym more often.”

     Exercise improves not only physical health, but mental health as well. Paulson says, “it allows me to take out some stress or give me the boost I need.” 

     “Because of the endorphins that are sent to the brain during exercise, people typically leave the gym in a better mood and with more energy than when they arrived,” Paulson adds.

     Being active can help in the long term as well. According to, physical fitness can, “reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.” Paulson adds, “Being more active will improve your body in many ways and aid you in living a longer, more enjoyable life.” 

     Becoming physically active can help in all aspects of life, no matter when or where people start. Paulson echoes this sentiment, explaining, “The general benefit of physical fitness, if done correctly, is simply better health and living.”