For some people, the word "sport" causes anxiety attacks, while for others it evokes feelings of joy and relaxation. Whichever group you belong to, the fact is that exercise, when combined with a balanced diet, is the straightest path to optimal health, and has many positive effects on the mind and body.

In the long term, physical activity improves immunity and supports proper respiration. It also increases lung capacity and thus the supply of oxygen to the body, which in turn increases brain and nervous system function. Furthermore, it improves heart function and blood circulation, thereby reducing the risk of "diseases of civilization" such as high blood pressure, stroke, and infarct. Experts claim it strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis as well. Even women suffering from menstrual pain should not neglect physical activity, as certain exercises can relieve unpleasant cramps. Perfect figure. Many men and women struggle to shed weight. Go figure – magazines and social media are full of models with perfect bodies. And while we shouldn't judge ourselves by their standard, we can land on the moon if we shoot for the stars. Whether you're a model or not, diet and exercise is the key to being your best physical self. Physical activity pronounces curves, chisels muscles, and speeds up metabolism. Correct exercise can improve overall fitness and strength, and give you a body you'll be happy to show off at the beach. If you're already active on a regular basis, great. If not, now is the perfect time to start. It's the best thing you can do for a happy and healthy body. Good mood. Physical exercise benefits not just your body, but your mind. In fact, the substances produced during physical exercise are the same as those produced during sex. These substances help us feel fresh and renewed even after the act. Serotonin, endorphins, adrenaline, and dopamine are 4 hormones produced by exercise that increase concentration, kill pain, reduce stress and tension, and boost mood. This applies to everyone without exception. Adventure. If the idea of a packed gym turns you off, or if you feel running is too boring, don't worry – the alternatives are many. For example, maybe you'd like to try climbing, longboarding, or some other adrenaline-fueled sport? Get on the Internet and you'll be sure to find something near you.

"I'm an adrenaline sports guy and here's my motto: If you think you can do it, do it now, because you may not get another chance!" says Martin Navrátil, high diver and Mana ambassador.

Don't forget nutrition. If you're going to practice sport, the energy has to come from somewhere. Large energy expenditures deplete the body, so you've got to fuel back up afterwards. But since life is so busy, there's not always time to do it with home-cooked food. If you want to keep your nutrition up but don't want to waste too much time in the kitchen, reach for Mana. It's got everything your body needs and it's the ideal way to refuel after a hard workout. All you have to do is mix the powder and oil with water, and take it wherever you're going for instant energy. In addition, it's light ingredients won't bog you down or make you feel heavy. Don't overwork yourself. Although all movement is good for the human body, start slow and don't overestimate your power. Otherwise, you'll spend all your energy at the beginning and end up in pain for the remainder of your workout. Longer intervals between sessions (e.g. 2 days) are best at first. And get used to your regime before you change it or make it more strenuous. One good piece of advice is this: choose something you enjoy, and pretty soon you'll start seeing results.