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Physical Activity

  1. Engaging in regular physical activity has many benefits that include more energy, better concentration, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, a reduced risk of many illnesses, and it is much better for the environment.
  2. Individuals should reduce the amount of time that they are inactive and take the opportunity to make the active choice every chance they get.
  3. Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate- or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week:  that’s only 30 minutes a day on 5 days of the week.
  4. Physical activities can be placed into three main categories (aerobic, strength training and flexibility) with aerobic activities providing the greatest benefits.
  5. Exercising too much can lead to consequences such as sleep problems, heart problems, irritability, depression and injury.


Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to enhance and maintain optimal health.     

This section summarizes the most important information you need to know about physical activity.  For more information consult the "For Those Who Want to Know More" section below.



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