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How to Be Active for Health

September 15, 2014, 12:00 PM
How to Be Active for Health
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You have probably heard by now that physical activity is good for you. Well, the news in favor of regular physical activity keeps coming in! The new 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans state that an active lifestyle can lower your risk of early death from a variety of causes. There is strong evidence that regular physical activity can also lower your risk of:

Regular activity can help prevent unhealthy weight gain and also help with weight loss, when combined with lower calorie intake. It can also improve your cardiorespiratory (heart, lungs, and blood vessels) and muscular fitness. For older adults, activity can improve mental function. Physical activity may also help:

  • Improve functional health for older adults
  • Reduce waistline size
  • Lower risk of hip fracture
  • Lower risk of lung cancer
  • Lower risk of endometrial cancer
  • Maintain weight after weight loss
  • Increase bone density
  • Improve sleep quality

Yet with all the benefits of being physically active, maybe you haven't quite gotten around to setting up a regular routine. If you are having trouble getting started, this section is for you. Here you will find information about the types of activity you need to do, as well as how much you need to do. You will also find tips for all types of women. Activity is important for everyone!

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It can be a challenge to balance your new, healthier lifestyle with work, family and other commitments. Thankfully, you can easily add fitness to the mix by modifying some of your usual routines: Saturday morning cartoons with the kids and a cup of coffee can easily become a Saturday morning bike ride or game of catch.

This week suggest a new active tradition to friends or family members and challenge them to come along for the ride. You may just like it more than your old one!

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