Regular physical activity is a well-established protective factor for the prevention and treatment of the leading noncommunicable diseases, namely heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer. It’s also associated with improved mental health, delay in the onset of dementia and improved quality of life and well-being.
The WHO presents the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity to reduce sedentarism and promote health.
Physical activity is important at all ages and should be integrated into multiple daily environments. Inactive people should start by doing small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase its duration, frequency and intensity.
WHO defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. In adults aged 18–64, physical activity includes leisure time physical activity (for example: walking, dancing, gardening, hiking, swimming), transportation (e.g. walking or cycling), occupational (i.e. work), household chores, play, games, sports or planned exercise, in the context of daily, family, and community activities.
All activities has benefits for your health.