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Your Health Pension – Physical Activity Pt 1 – Inactivity

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Humans are physically, psychologically and emotionally wired to be physically active deriving multiple benefits from being so. Conversely being physically inactive had adverse consequences for us and research findings make bleak reading.

Did you know that being physically inactive is one of the leading causes of death in the world and fourth in the UK.  Physical inactivity is responsible for 17% all deaths and 10% premature deaths. It contributes to the development of multiple conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers.

Recommended activity levels are for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Yet 20 million people in the UK, a third of men and two fifths of women are not active enough to maintain good health.  People tend to become more inactive through life or if they develop a long term health problem.

However, research has also shown that with regular physical activity we can reduce our risk of heart disease by 35% and our risk of premature death by 30%.

Some people are put off the idea of physical activity as they equate it to sport but that’s not necessarily the case as we’ll discuss tomorrow.

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