Activity and health
National health and fitness groups and government departments – like the AHA, US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, USDA and NIH – all recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week to maintain good health.
Few things provide as many health benefits as regular physical activity, and the recommendation to have at least 150 active minutes a week has stood the test of time. The data suggests if you achieve 150 minutes a week you are at lower risk of chronic disease and cardiovascular events. Aside from being effective in preventing and even treating disease, the health benefits include:
-Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
-Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
-Reduce risk of some cancers
-Strengthen bones and muscles
-Improve mental health and mood
-Improve ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
-Increase chances of living longer
Want to know more? Check out our active minutes blog post.