Make physical activity a part of your life

Being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Moderate physical exercise, performed on a regular basis, reduces depression or anxiety and improves sleep. It helps with back pain, injuries or arthritis. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and some cancers.

Keeping fit is important for your health. However, it’s also important that you remain physically active outside your fitness or gym hours. As raised in a previous post, if you exercise vigorously for one hour every day, but spend most of your waking hours sitting (e.g., more than six hours), then you are at risk for developing a disease that can shorten your life. In the European region of the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity causes an estimated one million deaths per year.

Whether you are at home, at work, at school or in your community, there are many ways to get active and reduce your sitting time. The infographic above was created by the WHO and shows how you can make physical activity a part of your daily life.

Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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