Regular physical activity is associated with decreased risk for obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, certain cancers, and premature mortality. This report discusses the prevalence of regular, leisure-time, physical activity among adults and encourages people to get out and be physically active by doing simple things that can be incorporated into everyday life. Created: 11/23/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/13/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Exercise: A No Cost Prescription for Health
Prevalence of Regular Physical Activity Among Adults – United
December 13, 2007
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Adults who get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more
days a week can expect major health benefits. The biggest advantages include
lowering the risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and
certain types of cancer. A recent CDC study found that the number of adults who
are regularly physically active has increased over the past five years, but over
half of all adults still aren’t engaging in recommended levels of activity. Regular
physical activity is almost a prescription for good health. While this prescription
isn’t a guarantee, getting checked out by your doctor and increasing daily
activities to include exercise is a path to better health.
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