Everyone can experience the health benefits of physical activity – age, abilities, ethnicity, shape, or size do not matter.
The evidence is clear—physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of a large number of chronic diseases. Health benefits start immediately after exercising, and even short episodes of physical activity are valuable.
During our leisure time, we are often sitting: while using a computer or other device, watching TV, or playing video games. Many of our jobs have become more sedentary, with long days sitting at a desk. The way most of us get around involves sitting - in cars or mass transit.
People who sit too much have an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, bone diseases (osteoporosis), falls, and increased feelings of depression and anxiety. Sitting for too long and too often can also raise your risk of premature death. The more you sit, the higher your risks.
Being physically active is one of the most important ways to improve your health. The MoveAbout program provided by Optima Health is designed to assist you in your journey to become more active and stay healthy.