Physical inactivity (insufficient physical activity) is the other leading risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCD) and death worldwide. Failure to enjoy adequate levels of physical activity increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 20–30% and shortens lifespan by 3–5 years. Moreover, physical inactivity burdens society through the hidden and growing cost of medical care and loss of productivity. (WHO)
It doesn’t have to be organised, structured or done in the latest gear – you can get active anywhere and anytime. It could involve going for a walk, cleaning the house, gardening or playing a game of volleyball.
Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity (brisk walking) on five or more days each week will help you to:
- Maintain control of your weight
- Lower your risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure
- Improve your energy, appearance and self-esteem
- Clear your mind
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Reduce stress
Increased physical activity will also help you to complete everyday activities without fatigue and maintain mobility into old age.
10 Minute Fitness Boost
This 10-minute workout requires nothing but a wall and a chair (and water – it will get you sweating!) Once you build up your endurance, you can repeat the workout for a 20- or even 30-minute fitness blast.
Rest for 30 seconds between each exercise.