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For the Body, Mind & Spirit

The benefits of physical activity are numerous. The obvious benefit is you are building a stronger body. There is conclusive research "an active body results in a stronger mind".  And lets not forget about preventing & reducing healthcare costs.

Here are some quotes from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges: "Exercise, the miracle cure", "Prevention is better than a cure", "Physical activity improves health short and long term".

Learn more below.


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Benefits of Physical Activity

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The World Health Organization, WHO, states regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here is a list of the benefits and what exercise can prevent:

  • Cardiorespiratory health - coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension
  • Metabolic health - diabetes and obesity
  • Musculoskeletal health - bone health, osteoporosis
  • Cancer - breast and colon cancerWHO logo
  • Functional health and prevention of falls
  • Depression

Probably the best statement the World Health Organization has ever made was the economic savings when we invest in exercise. For every $1.00 invested in physical activity, we will reduce health care expenses by $3.20.

It is so clear why CDC Director, Thomas Frieden, stated "Exercise is the Wonder Drug". You will see even more benefits below.

    The Many Benefits of Getting Children Activekids active graphic

    Look at the many and dramatic benefits of getting children physically active as published in Project Play by the Aspen Institute. Getting kids active, fit and healthy will produce benefits for an entire life and help bring better health to families as well.

    There is also conclusive research conducted by over 10 institutions around the world showing the dramatic increase in academic results when children are more active and fit. Look at the Benefits of PE in School web page to see these benefits.

    Let's Not Forget the Other Benefits of Playing Sports 

    While we know the physical benefits of playing sport or being active, there are many other benefits of playing sports:Team sports

    • Sports can build character – social skills like teamwork, cooperation and leadership
    • Develops higher self esteem and body image
    • Ability to handle winning and losing while being a good sport
    • Sports help children develop discipline
    • Children learn to set goals & then work to achieve those goals
    • Statistics show that children who are involved in sports while in high school are more likely to experience academic success and graduate from high school
    • You develop basic motor skills needed in your day-to-day life
    • Sport, in a nutshell, can prepare a child…for life!

    Female Executives Say Sports Accelerates CareerFemale Execs

    While we can see the physical benefits, participating in sports has many other benefits. In a 2014 study by the Women's Athlete Business Network and ESPN W, ninety-four percent of the respondents have participated in sports and close to three-quarters (74 percent) agree that a background in sport can help accelerate a woman's leadership and career potential. Close to two-thirds (61 percent) say that past sporting involvement has contributed to their current career success and that a background in sport has a positive influence on their own hiring decisions, with more than two-thirds (67 percent) highlighting a background in sport as a positive influence on their decision to hire a candidate.

     What is Regular Physical Activity?

      The World Health Organization has established these levels of recommended physical activities:Ages Collage

    5–17 years old:

    • Accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily
    • Physical activity of amounts greater than 60 minutes daily will provide additional health benefits
    • Most of daily physical activity should be aerobic. Vigorous-intensity activities should be incorporated, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, at least 3 times per week

    18–64 years old:

    • Do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity
    • Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration
    • For additional health benefits, adults should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity
    • Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week

    Adults aged 65 years and above:

    • Should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity
    • Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration
    • For additional health benefits, adults aged 65 years and above should increase their moderate- intensity aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes per week, or engage in 150 minutes of vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity
    • Adults of this age group with poor mobility should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls on 3 or more days per week
    • Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups, on 2 or more days a week
    • When adults of this age group cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
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