Physical activity doesn’t necessarily mean running, jogging, or doing crossfit. It can simply be a brisk walk.
Regular physical activity
- It strengthen your muscles and bones
- gives your heart exercise
- releases feel good hormones to your body
Regular physical activity helps decrease risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Blood pressure
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Weight gain, Obesity
- Anxiety and Depression
- And overall mortality risk
- All the while improving balance and cognition and providing a better quality of life and sense of well being!
Walking a brisk pace of 2.5 miles an hour (or more) counts as moderate level activity. American college of sports medicine recommends at least 150 minutes of weekly moderate level activity to decrease risk of chronic disease and promote health.But do you only want to do just get the minimum benefits if you aren’t limited by circumstances (or advised by your physician) to the minimum amount of walking? Going beyond the 150 minutes will get you even greater health benefits. In fact, moderate physical activity time of 150 to 250 minutes per week is recommended to prevent weight gain and 200-300 minutes per week to keep off weight already lost.
Let’s go for a walk. Don’t forget sunscreen!