Except there are medical reason(s), it is important to do at least 30 minutes exercise everyday. Take stairs instead of elevators/lift, walk (when and if safe) instead of taking the bus or driving. Go to the gym, if convenient and affordable; use school tracks if close by, dance and many more.
My friends call me crazy because I dance alone at home. They also tell me to stop running around everywhere since no-one is chasing me 🙂 But doing any of these activities, will ensure that you are healthier.
For those living a sedentary lifestyle, beginning a physically active life can be very difficult. Start slowly, brisk walk for 30 minutes and increase as you get comfortable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), adults ages 18 to 64 should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise most days of the week, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity per week. And for more health benefit and fitness, increase physical activity to 300 minutes in a week for moderate intensity, or 150 minutes of vigorous intensity. For children aged 5 to 17, physical activity should be 60 minutes, three days a week, of moderate to vigorous exercise and for more health benefits, increase as tolerated.
According to WHO, there is strong evidence that apart from weight loss and maintenance, physical activity keeps one healthy, reduces blood pressure, decrease high lipid profiles to desirable levels, decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome, depression, breast and colon cancer, lesser risk of hip fracture and increase in cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness
This is the fourth blog post in the Healthier This Quarter series.
Adebisi Ibrahim (BSc, MS, RDN, CDN) is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist based, in New York City. She is a Food, Dietetics, and Nutrition graduate from the Herbert Lehman College, NYC and can be reached on Facebook
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