Physical Activity | Africas healthy choices, increasing physical activity, walking

Benefits of Exercise

  • —Up to a 35% 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
  • —Up to an 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
  • —Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
  • —A 30% lower risk of early death (40% with >7hrs)

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Risks of Not Exercising

  • 30% of Americans exercisetv
  • Every two hours of being awake but inactive (Watching TV/ Driving ) increases obesity by 23% and diabetes by 14%


How much exercise do I need?

  • According to the American Heart Association : and 30 min/day of moderate intensity exerciseExercise
  • Other studies reveal 1hr/wk
  • Key :15-20 mins brisk walking a day (About 2hrs/ week) cuts down obesity, diabetes and all cause mortality







How to Increase Physical Activity

  • Walk Walk Walk
  • Stretch legs and walk faster.
  • Dance at church. Can burn between 400 to 700 calories in a service
  • Park the car farther from stores to allow you to walk
  • Take walks with the family
  • Play with children
  • Play sports (Soccer, basketball, handball running )
  • Mow the lawn
  • Yard work/ gardening