You have heard that getting more active is good for your health, but why is it important to you?
Did you know that a single session of activity lasting 10 minutes or more can relieve stress, improve memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood?
You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use movement as a powerful tool to feel better in your mind and your body.
Finding your own reasons to get more active is an important first step. Need help? Explore these health benefits to help you discover why it is important to you.
Why Get Active?
Physical activity helps to release feel-good chemicals in your brain that can enhance your well-being and take your mind off worries. Being active on a regular basis can manage and treat symptoms of depression and anxiety as effectively as taking medication.
High Blood Pressure
Activity lowers high blood pressure and reduces fat levels (cholesterol) in the blood. Being regularly active can decrease your risk of high blood pressure by 30-60%.
The risk of getting diabetes is reduced by 25-58% in people who are moderately active. Being active is essential in managing diabetes symptoms for those living with the disease.
The risk of heart disease is lowered by 33-50% in people who are physically active. The more fit you are, the easier it is on your heart and allows you to be active for longer.
Strokes are caused by blood clots in the brain. Being physically active strengthens your heart and vessels reducing your risk of stroke by 31-45%.
Cancer rates today are scary. You can lower your risk of getting colon cancer by 30-60% by being regularly active.
Being physically active can help combat the risks of early death by 31-50% just by preventing chronic diseases. Activity also helps fight the effects of aging and makes you live longer.
Tell your doctor about Prescription to Get Active
Not all doctors are aware of this program. Get the conversation started by downloading this handout.