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Fitness:  Do you suffer from “sitting disease”? The term “Sitting Disease” has been coined by the scientific community and is commonly used when referring to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of an overly sedentary lifestyle. The good news? Relatively modest amounts of activity help neutralize this negative effect. Turns out about an hour of moderate-intensity activity can counterbalance the health risks of sitting all day. Find out what qualifies as moderate-intensity activity here:  click here! 

 

 

FITNESS

  • Why be active?
  • What are the Benefits?
  • How to get Started?
  • How Much?
    • Adults
    • Children
    • Older Adults

Why be active?

Regular physical activity promotes overall health and well being.

What are the Benefits of Physical Activity?

Can prevent or lower your risk of chronic diseases like

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Helps manage your weight
Strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles
Strengthens your bones & helps prevent osteoporosis
Decreases stress levels & improves mood
Promotes better sleep

Getting Started?

It is important to incorporate physical activity into your life.  Getting started can sometimes be difficult.  Try developing a plan and making fitness a part of your routine.

As part of your plan, it is recommended that all individuals, especially those with a chronic disease, talk to their doctor about what types and amounts of physical activity are acceptable.

 

How Much Physical Activity should I complete?

Overview…2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describes the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to all Americans. Guidelines are provided by group, including: children and adolescents, adults, older adults, women during pregnancy, adults with disabilities, and people with chronic medical conditions.

By reading the documents you can:

• Learn about the health benefits of physical activity
• Understand how to do physical activity in a manner that meets the Guidelines
• Understand how to reduce the risks of activity-related injury
• Assist others in participating regularly in physical activity

Guidelines…vary depending on your age and ability. Keep in mind that physical activity is anything that gets you moving.

Children and Adolescents (6-17 years)

Adults (18-64 years)

Older Adults (65- and older)

Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Adults with Disabilities

Adults with Chronic Medical Conditions