Posted by on December 22, 2018

Physical activity plays an important role in maintaining health, well-being and quality of life. People who do physical activity improve their health while increasing their life expectancy.

Benefits of physical activity

Physical activity helps, among other things:

  • to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease;
  • to improve attention, concentration and other functions of the brain;
  • to maintain good mental health;
  • to improve sleep;
  • to reduce stress;
  • to reduce smoking.

Regular physical activity and upper body exercises is an effective way to prevent many health risks at any age.

For adults and seniors, regular physical activity:

  • slows the development of atherosclerosis, a degenerative disease of the blood vessels;
  • decreases the risk of complications after an infarction;
  • delay the possible onset of hypertension (high blood pressure);
  • Helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis
  • increases the strength of the bones;
  • promotes the maintenance of a good muscle mass;
  • develops the sense of balance, which decreases the risk of falling and helps prevent fractures;
  • helps to stay independent longer.

Recommendations for physical activity, by age

Children from 0 to 5 years old

Young children should be active as often as possible in order to grow well and develop well.

Babies under 1 year of age should move several times a day, especially with interactive floor games.

Children 1 to 5 years old should be active for at least 3 hours a day and opt for full body workout. They should develop their motor skills by participating in games and activities of varying intensity. These games and activities can take place indoors or outdoors and in various environments, for example in water or on the ground.

The older the children, the more they need to take part in games that are supported or that require some effort. For example, running and jumping are high intensity activities and this is how to stay fit. Participation in these games and activities should increase gradually, reaching at least 1 hour per day at the age of 5 years.

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