Recent studies show that over a quarter of U.S. adults over 50 years don’t engage in physical activity. Being physically active has a lot of benefits,it keeps us young and healthy.
Despite the benefits of physical activity, over 31 million people are at risk of developing cancer, diabetes and heart disease due to inactivity and laziness. 28 percent of Americans aged 50 years or older fail to benefit from any amount of activity.
As researches show, the first step in solving this issue is to help inactive people exercise and even practice a sport. This is an important step towards more vibrant and healthier communities.
In 2014, a research conducted by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System across all 50 states showed that women (almost 30 percent) are highly inactive than men (25 percent). Hispanics are the most inactive ethnicity, with a percent of 32,7, followed by non-Hispanics blacks (31,7), non-Hispanic whites (30) and other groups (27).
When it comes to age, it was shown that inactivity increases with age: 25.4 percent of adults 50-64 years, 26.9 percent for people 65-74 years, and 35.3 percent for people 75 years and older. The highest inactivity by region is in the South, where 30 percent of the population is physically inactive. The West is more active, with an inactivity percent of 23.
Furthermore, the percent of inactivity increased as weight status increased and decreased as the level of education is higher.
Physical activity prevents many chronic diseases, including type two diabetes, dementia, some cancers, heart disease and reduces the risk of premature death. As we grow older, we are more likely to develop a chronic disease and these diseases provoke disability and sickness. Practicing a sport or even running help us to avoid diseases and also keep us healthy.
Being physically active helps adults to reduce the risk of fracturing bones or falling and to maintain their ability to live independently. Active elderly individuals are less likely to suffer from falls adults and also have a reduced risk of severe or moderate limitations. Being physically active can delay cognitive decline and dementia and also improves mental health.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is determined to help adults become or remain physically active, including those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. CDC recommends several proven programs that can help people with chronic conditions be active and experience the benefits of physical activity.
Are you physically active? Do you practice any sport? What’s your opinion regarding this subject? Let us know!
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