KEEPING ACTIVE AND MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT
1. People Aren’t Active Enough
- In spite of all the awareness campaigns on the importance of physical activity, people are not exercising enough.
- Levels of physical activities are decreasing globally, in both the wealthy and developed countries. This decrease plays a main role in the increase of the global obesity rates.
- The World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that adults should exercise for two and a half hours each week to maintain healthy weight. On the other hand, children should exercise at least one hour per day.
2. Regular Exercise
- Individuals who are overweight must exercise around an hour daily.
Regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol.
- These moderate intensity exercises include Swimming, Tennis, Walking, and Jogging.
- In addition, people should be engaged in training programs and strength training such as weight lifting at the gym.
- Harvard School of Public Health. “Obesity Prevention Source: Physical Activity.” 12 April 2016, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-causes/physical-activity-and-obesity/
- Health Direct Australia. “Obesity and exercise.” July 2018, https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/obesity-and-exercise
- “Childhood Obesity” https://childhoodobesitysustainability.wordpress.com/
- Langberg, Henning. “New Handbook on Physical Activity” 14 Dec. 2011, http://www.henninglangberg.dk/laes-og-forsta-gratis-ny-handbog-om-fysisk-aktivitet/
- “Incorporating More Physical Activity into Your Family’s Lifestyles Tips” http://washington.tiffin.k12.oh.us/subsites/Angie-Ellis/Tips-to-Help-Your-Family-Become-More-Physically-Active/Incorporating-More-Physical-Activity-into-Your-Familys-Lifestyles-Tips/index.html