Mikey (teidmodnaremos) wrote in fitnfriendly,

Health Tip: Get Moving

(HealthDayNews) -- Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, more than 50 percent of American adults don't get enough exercise, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (news - web sites).

Physical activity usually decreases with age; women, people with lower incomes, and those with less education tend to exercise less.

The CDC says regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease -- the nation's leading cause of death. It also lessens a person's risk for stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

If that isn't enough to convince you to leave your couch, here's another thought: Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to be beneficial. People of all ages benefit from regular, moderate-intensity physical activity, such as 30 minutes of brisk walking five or more times a week.

Health Day

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