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Vitality & Movement – Pillar 3

World Wellness Weekend / 5 pillars of wellness / Vitality & Movement – Pillar 3

Your body is neither your slave nor your enemy!

Take care of body; it is the only place you can live in.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines physical activity as “any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure – including activities undertaken while working, playing, carrying out household chores, travelling, and engaging in a recreational pursuit.” Whether the intensity level is moderate or stronger, physical activity has plenty of health benefits.

Unfortunately, our lives have become more sedentary, whether at home, at work, or leisure. This is significantly due to the growth of urbanisation, new technologies, new jobs requiring us to remain sited during the whole day affecting our body health. Moreover, studies found that work-related physical activity and use of active transit have been decreasing over time while leisure-time physical activity (e.g., fitness and sports) has been increasing. (Global Wellness Institute, 2020)

Did you know?

  • In more wealthy nations, 26% of men and 35% of women have not shown sufficient physical activity levels. However, in developing countries, 12% of men and 24% were not active (World Health Organization, 2020).

 

  • Individuals with insufficient physical activity have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death than those who are. (World Health Organization, 2020).

 

  • Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death globally, responsible for more than 5 million deaths each year. (World Health Organization, 2020).

 

  • The global economic burden of physical inactivity was estimated at $67.5 billion in 2013. (Global Wellness Institute, 2018)

 

  • The top 5 countries with the highest participation rate for Recreational Physical Activity are Australia, Taiwan, Norway, New Zealand and Iceland. (Global Wellness Institute, 2018)

 

  • The top 3 countries with the highest rate for fitness participation are Sweden, the United States and Iceland. (Global Wellness Institute, 2018)

Learn how more Vitality and Movement can improve your life with our blog articles

 

Why is physical activity so important for your health, and what are the recommendations? 

On top of helping your energy balance and body health, being physically active strengthen your bone’s health and reduces the risk of falling and bone fractures. As well as reducing the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and non-chronic diseases, it is a powerful depression antidote. Learn more

 

Tips to motivate yourself for physical activity

According to the Good Body, 50% of people who start a workout program quit exercising within the first six months. Here are some tips to help you get on the move! Learn more

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