Physical activity involves bodily movements by skeletal muscles that demand energy expenditure. Regular physical activity can have significant benefits for health; it can reduce the risk of various diseases including cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers, depression and diabetes. Moreover adequate levels of physical activity will decrease the risk of hip or vertebral fractures, and will help control weight.
Moderate physical activities are not limited to the gym; walking, swimming and even vigorous housework or gardening are all excellent examples. To produce the maximum benefit, physical activities should be regular and vary in type. Read through the following pages to find general recommendations for physical activity, and the benefits of leading an active lifestyle.
Physical inactivity is said to be the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing around 3.2 million deaths worldwide (World Health Organisation). Regardless of age, research shows that being physically active can help towards living a healthier, happier and potentially longer life.