Why be active?
Our body was designed to move. If it doesn’t move sufficiently we increase the risk of disease. Over time technology has reduced the need for humans to move; we take the car to work, we email our colleague across the hallway and we don’t have to use stairs now there are elevators.
These are great developments, but not for our body. We need to make a much more conscious effort to meet the minimum amount of physical activity our body requires to function properly and stay healthy.
The Ministry of Health recommends adults aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity most days of the week. Results from the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey found that half of all adults met the definition of being regularly physically active.
Benefits of physical activity
- Reduce the risk of health conditions including coronary heart disease, obesity, strokes, diabetes, cancer, depression, hypertension and osteoporosis
- Control weight
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mobility and prevent falls (for older adults)
- Increase chances of living longer and healthier
- Improve mood, feel energetic
- Relieve stress and sleep better
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