Why do physical activity?
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for death worldwide and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The World Health Organisation has identified physical activity as a proven way to prolong the length of your life and so preventive measures are increasingly important given this global rise in chronic NCDs such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Regular physical activity can dramatically reduce the risk of developing these diseases.
Other health benefits include:
• Reduces the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and depression
• Increases the quantity and quality of energy
• Improves bone and functional health;
Million Miles Together promotes health and wellbeing (and a little bit of healthy competition) creating a healthier, more engaged community and helping to change habits and lifestyles for the better.
How active do I need to be?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends adults do both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities each week to improve and benefit their health.
• 150 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
• 75 minutes each week of high-intensity aerobic activity
Children and Adolescents
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends children do at least 1 hour per day of moderate or high-intensity aerobic physical activity. For children and young people, physical activity includes:
• Play, sports, chores, recreation or physical education,
• In the context of family, school, and community activities
Precautions during physical activity
• Talk with your healthcare provider about activities that might be appropriate for you if you have any concerns about your general health before taking up physical activity.
• Start gradually and build up over time.
• Drink water as needed – before, during and after activity.
• If you develop pain in the chest or arms; palpitations; shortness of breath; light headedness; nausea, stop exercising and seek medical attention.