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Physical Activity

Physical activity

  • Lack of physical activity has been identified as the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality (WHO, 2014)
    • Globally, 1 in 4 adults is not active enough
    • Physical activity has many benefits to health
      • Control your weight
      • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
      • Reduce risk of type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome
      • Reduce risk of some cancers
      • Strengthen bones and muscles
      • Improve mental health and mood
      • Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls if you’re an older adult
      • Increase chances of living longer
      • Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 mins of moderate aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week
      • Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can be simple
        • A brisk walk can get your heart pumping
        • Try riding a bike or swimming
        • Even activities like mowing the lawn or working in the garden can be beneficial to your heart
        • Weight train at least twice a week
        • Break up your work out by exercising in 10 min intervals
        • Take some time out of your day to do sit-ups or push ups
        • Participate in a sport
        • Many communities have free/reduced price classes that could fit into your schedule and budget
        • Check out http://health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/adultguide.pdf

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm

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