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Live an Active Life

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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).
  • 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

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