In providing Bellevue with stellar healthcare, sports medicine, physical therapy and orthopedic surgery, our team at Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians (BBJP) encourages everyone to take the initiative in maintaining good physical health. To achieve this, one of the most important habits to adopt is regular participation in physical activities.
The value of following through on this is highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) when it reports that physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.
Studies show that regular, moderate intensity physical activity – such as walking, cycling or participating in sports – has significant benefits for health. These include keeping weight under control and reducing the risks of diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and depression, along with specific cancers — in particular breast and colon cancer.
The World Federation for Physical Therapy recommends the following exercise schedule for the average adult (18-65 years old) to undertake:
- 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five days per week or
- 20 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity three days per week or
- an equivalent combination of moderate/vigorous intensity physical activity and 8-10 muscle strengthening exercises (8-12 repetitions) at least two days per week.
Factors such as an individual’s age, weight, medical conditions and over-all physical health can have an impact on the actual kind and amount of exercise that can be performed. Patients should therefore talk to their physician if they have any questions or concerns before sharing in a specific activity. Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise at all. Keep a good routine of physical activity, eat healthy, and remember to contact your Bellevue healthcare professionals at BBJP to help maintain your body in tip-top-shape along the way.