Evidence shows that those who are not physically active are not helping their health, and may likely be hurting it. The closer we look at the health risks associated with a lack of physical activity, the more convincing it is that Americans who are not yet regularly physically active should become active.
Much of the chronic disease burden in the United States are preventable. Physical inactivity and unhealthy eating contribute to obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Just 30 minutes of moderate activity a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for kids is all it takes to make a big, good change in our health. And, we now know that we don't have to do all our activity at one time. Movement and activity can be performed throughout the day.
Even better, everyday activities count toward our minutes. No need worry about expensive equipment or gym memberships. Just do a little bit more of what you probably already do each day.
Every day, moderate-intensity activities that count toward our daily minutes include:
- Walking briskly
- Mowing the lawn
- Doing chores like washing windows and floors
- Golf, when walking and carrying clubs
- Bike riding
It's easier to keep to an exercise plan when you can actually see your progress. Print out this Walking Log and watch your progress grow. This log is designed to be used with a step counter. This affordable device can be very helpful as you work to track your progress.
The information on this site is just the beginning. For more information on making physical activity a regular part of our healthy lifestyle, visit the Eat Smart Move More NC website or the CDC's Physical Activity website.
CONTENT SOURCES: www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/health/index.html