Physical activity

A physically active lifestyle enhances feelings of energy[9][25], well-being[10][11], quality of life[12][13][14] and cognitive function[15][16][17] and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia[18][19][20][21]. Exercise and physical activity decrease the risk of developing CHD, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer including colon and breast cancer[1]. Exercise and physical activity lower blood pressure and play an important role in weight management[1]. Exercise generally improves sleep[23][24]. Exercise among older adults preserves bone mass and reduces the risk of falling[2]. Moderate exercise has a beneficial effect on the human immune system[22]. A physically active lifestyle prevent and improve mild to moderate depressive disorders and anxiety[3][4][5][6][7][8].

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I take breaks during the work day.
I avoid extremely intense, long-term cardiovascular exercise.
I am physical active throughout the year.
I am conscious about proper nutrition and recovery after exercise.
I sit for less than 5 hours a day.
I walk atleast 8.000 steps a day.
I engage in atleast 3 hours of moderate-intense activity a week.
I gradually increase length and intensity if I have not been exercising lately.
I always warm up and start slow when exercising.
My exercise is appropriate for my situation.
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