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:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- 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:
- 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
- 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)
- Over 40% of adults in Washoe County are not getting the recommended amount of physical activity (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2009)
- Less than half (46%) of high school students in Washoe County are physically active at least 5 days each week, and only 49% of middle school students are physically active at least 5 days each week (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2007)
To learn how to overcome barriers to physical activity, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/getactive/barriers.html