Importance of Being Active


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Did You Know that in Onondaga County…

1 out of every 2 adults is overweight
1 out of 4 adults report NO leisure time physical activity in the last 30 days? [1]

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health!  Everyone, no matter their age, ethnicity, shape or size, can gain the health benefits of physical activity.  Physical activity can help:

  • Control Your Weight
    Getting to and staying at a healthy weight requires both regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan.  You gain weight when the calories you burn, including those burned during physical activity, are less than the calories you eat or drink.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Getting your recommended amount of physical activity can put you at lower risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in theUnited States.  Regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.  The more physical activity you do, the lower your risk will be!
  • Reduce Your Risk of Some Cancers
    Research has shown that physically active people have a lower risk of colon cancer than people who are not active.  In addition, physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer.  Other studies suggest that there may be reduced rates of other cancers as well, in physically active people.
  • Strengthen Your Bones and Muscles
    As you age, it’s important to protect your bones, joints and muscles to ensure that you’re able to do your daily activities and be physically active.  Research shows regular physically activity can slow the loss of bone density, reduce your risk of hip fractures, and help to control arthritis.
  • Improve Your Mental Health and Mood
    Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age.  It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.
  • Increase Your Chances of Living Longer
    Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity.  Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers.
  • Are You Getting Enough Exercise?
    It’s different for everyone and depends on your age and current health.  To find out, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Physical Activity for Everyone page:

Tools to Help Keep You Active

…But I’m Too Busy!

The CDC says: 10 minutes at a time is fine

For adults, we know that 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you’re doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Give it a try

Try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.

[1] Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2008-2009