Staying physically active and performing regular physical activity adapted to our abilities is vital for better health and quality of life, increases a sense of self-efficacy and often results in an increase in social relationships.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organisations and governments in many countries have launched campaigns to promote physical exercise as a way to promote and enjoy a healthier life. Doing sport or maintaining a physically active lifestyle also contributes to better cognitive functions, such as memory, and better maintenance of them in ageing. Being physically active is also associated with greater tolerance to stress, reduced anxiety, greater emotional stability and control of sleep disorders.
Doing physical activity is possible at any age and in any physical or health condition. Staying physically active should not only be understood to mean intentionally doing exercise or sport from a performance point of view, but may consist of incorporating movement into daily activities. It is about identifying exercises or activities that you already perform (such as climbing stairs, household chores or walking) and intensifying and increasing them progressively, taking into account personal limits and availabilities. So, for those who are not very active, start walking every day. If you already walk daily, increase the distance or your pace. It is recommended to consult your doctor before starting or significantly changing your routine of daily physical activity.
Tricks to “activate” our daily life:
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