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Being Active

Why be active?

People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.

Research has also shown that physical activity can also boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Health Benefits

It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to a 30% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to a 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • upto a 30% lower risk of dementia

What counts?

Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.

Examples of moderate-intensity aerobics activities are:

  • walking fast
  • water aerobics
  • riding a bike on level ground or with a few hills

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