Physical Activity

guy runningPhysical activity is any body movement produced by muscles and that results in the release of energy.  Physical activity helps build and maintain strong muscles, bones, and joints. It reduces the risk for heart disease, some cancers, diabetes, and helps prevent unwanted weight gain. Physical activity also reduces stress and anxiety, increases a sense of well-being and improves our quality of life.

People of all ages can improve their health by being moderately active on most days of the week. Examples of moderate activity include brisk walking, gardening, and yard work sufficient to increase the heart rate.

Increasing awareness and knowledge of the importance of physical activity is an important first step for becoming active. Developing skills and improving motivation to be physical activity on a regular basis are important as well. Creating supportive and safe environments in which physical activity can take place are essential for increasing physical activity in a community.

Background on Physical Activity

Included in the Intervention MICA physical activity topic are considerations for implementing interventions with different populations and in different settings. Evidence-based strategies and interventions are described in detail. Action steps, tools and resources for planning and implementing a physical activity intervention are provided. Additionally, related Intervention MICA topics available include:

Other resources are available to guide you in efforts to increase physical activity in your community. Information may be found at the following:

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