What is Active Living?

 "Life is like riding a bicycle -

  in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving."        ~Albert Einstein

Our nation as a whole is experiencing alarming rates of obesity due to sedentary living and poor diet. This results in 300,000 deaths a year from related illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Being overweight is the second leading cause of death after tobacco use in the country.

There is a tremendous amount of evidence showing we can prevent many health problems simply by being more active. Obesity and related diseases are easily prevented by 30 to 45 minutes of moderate level daily exercise.  This is called "active living."

The best way for most of us to stay active, is to take a daily walk or bike ride. Bicycling or walking are two of the best exercises for the cardiovascular system and are very effective at reducing weight and keeping it off!

The Benefits of Physical Activity:

  • Control your weight
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Information from http://activelivingresources.org