7 Data of physical inactivity
Physical inactivity is the fourth most important risk factor for global mortality. 6% of global deaths are attributed to physical inactivity. Only exceed hypertension (13%) and consumption of snuff (9%), and equals hyperglycemia (6%).
1. Physical inactivity is the main cause for approximately 21-25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes cases and 30% of cases of ischemic heart disease.
2. Regular physical activity helps maintain a healthy body. Physically active people have lower frequency: coronary heart disease, hypertension, cerebral vascular accident, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression; less risk of falls and vertebral fractures or hip; more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
3. Do not confuse physical activity with sport. physical activity any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles, resulting in energy consumption is considered. This includes sports, exercise and other activities, such as gambling, walking, housework, gardening or dancing.
4. Physical activity is beneficial, whether it is of moderate intensity as if vigorous. Intensity refers to the rate at which the activity is performed, ie, “the effort that you put into the activity.”
The intensity of the different forms of physical activity varies between individuals. Depending on the physical form of each, some examples of moderate physical activity would be brisk walking, dancing or doing housework. Examples of vigorous physical activity are: jogging, fast cycling, fast swimming or moving heavy weights.
5. The group of 5 to 17 years should get at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity. If you exceed these 60 minutes health benefits will be obtained.
6. Adults 18 to 64 years should do at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous, or any equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous physical activity activities. All activities should be carried out in periods of at least 10 minutes each.
7. Those over 65 should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls, at least 3 days per week. When you can not do the recommended amount for health reasons, they must remain as active as their abilities permit and state of health.
Unless you have medical conditions that contraindicate, these recommendations apply to all people. Inactive people should start making small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase duration, frequency and intensity. Inactive, elderly or limitations imposed by their disease adults get additional benefits by increasing their activity.