Your Health

Benefits of Physical Activity

Balancing healthy eating habits with regular physical activity will make you feel healthier and more energetic throughout the day. Here are a couple of things that are good to know about staying active:

  • Exercise can be done all at once or in different amounts of time throughout the day.
  • You should always have the approval of a health care provider before starting a new exercise routine.
  • You should start slowly and build–up to more and more activity. Trying too hard at the beginning increases your chances of an injury.
  • Staying active for 30–minutes a day, three to five times a week will:
    • Strengthen and improve muscular health
    • Help manage your weight
    • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
    • Help you sleep better and improve breathing
    • Prevent constipation and hemorrhoids
    • Improve circulation, therefore preventing varicose veins and leg cramps
    • Reduce back pain
    • Lower blood pressure as well as risk of death from heart disease or stroke
    • Reduce the likelihood of contracting heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes
    • Keep bones and joints healthy
  • Physical activity isn’t just about working out; it’s about doing every day things that keep you moving.

Check out the Physical Activity handout and discuss what kinds of activities the participant can begin doing today.

Instructor Tips:
Explain how balancing nutrition with regular physical activity leads to overall health.

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Physical Activity

Key Concepts/Main Points

  • A healthy lifestyle requires 30 minutes of physical activity most days.
  • Doing every day things to remain physically active will improve your physical appearance and overall health.
  • Develop actitives that the participant can do to become more physically active today.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • How often do you exercise?
  • What types of activities do you do throughout the day?
  • Has your health care provider ever encouraged you to start an exercise program? If so, what has he/she suggested?

Instructor Tips:
Improve the participant’s awareness of the importance of daily physical activity so that she may develop a healthy, active lifestyle.