Physical Activities And Physical Activity

2670 Words May 10th, 2015 11 Pages
Physical Activity
According to World Health Organization (WHO) CITE, physical activity can be defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. Being physically active is one of the best ways to improve quality of life. Regular physical activity can be seen as one of the most necessary things when considering one’s health. Physical inactivity is identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality provoking approximately 3.2 million deaths globally (WHO) CITE. Physical inactivity is also one of the major contributing risk factors towards the development of chronic diseases. Physical activity is considered principle intervention for use in primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases. This primary prevention will be very helpful to reduce disease risk in youth and adults of the United States. Physical activity is not synonymous to exercise; exercise is merely a subcategory of physical activity. Regular moderate intensity physical activity like walking, working, carrying out household chores, sports, cycling and engaging in the recreational activities has indicative benefits for health.
Focus on physical activity is very necessary because according to Centers for Disease control (CDC) CITE, regular physical activity helps to control body weight, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, reduce risks of getting cancer, increases strength of skeletal…
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