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Live an Active Life


Active living is a lifestyle that includes physical activity on a regular basis. When people are active every day, they find it easier to manage their weight and prevent chronic (long-lasting) diseases, and have higher self-esteem.

Why Is Physical Activity Important?

Being physically active can help you prevent many unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight and obesity

Being active can make you look and feel better now and keep you healthy for the future. Physical activity can help you:

  • Control weight
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Strengthen bones, muscles, and joints
  • Potentially lower high blood pressure and cholesterol

How physically active do I need to be?

Anyone can have a healthy lifestyle with any of the three activity options below:

  • Two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity
  • One hour and fifteen minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
  • An equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity

How do I know the intensity of my activity?

Below are some examples of activates that have a moderate or vigorous intensity:

Moderate Intensity:

  • Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster, but not race-walking)
  • Water aerobics
  • Bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour
  • Tennis (doubles)
  • Ballroom dancing
  • General gardening

Vigorous Intensity:

  • Race walking, jogging, or running
  • Swimming laps
  • Tennis (singles)
  • Aerobic dancing
  • Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster
  • Jumping rope
  • Heavy gardening (continuous digging or hoeing)
  • Hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack

Is Washoe County physically active?

  • Over 19% of adults in Washoe County have not been physically active in the last 30 days (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2010)
  • Only 26% of adult males and less than 20% of adult females meet teh recommended amount of physical activity (BRFSS, 2011) 
  • Less than half (45.3%) of high school students in Washoe County are physically active at least 5 days each week for at least 60 minutes per day (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)

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