Posted on 06/17/2022

The need for physical activities

The need for physical activities

The need for physical activities

A physically active lifestyle has long been considered an essential component of well-being. 

Overall, the results that have been achieved on the population level in Countries to date are promising. Leisure-time physical activity levels indicate that the proportion of the population that is physically active has significantly increased from 2000/01 to 2003. 

Current total physical activity levels meet or exceed population-level targets that have recently been set and a greater percentage of adults are active as compared to our peer region.

Despite these encouraging results the community must be encouraged to continue to maintain these levels of using home gym equipment as the population ages and strive to be a model community in terms of both strategies to sustain physical activity levels and actual physical activity rates.

Furthermore, the Health Unit and its community partners must continue to be a resource and provide leadership to other sectors as the community as a whole strives to increase physical activity for health and well-being. Specific attention should be paid to tailoring programs by gender and age group. 

The identified differences in the physical activity level patterns by gender and by age group indicate that the factors related to being active may differ for men and women and that strategies may also need to be customized and gender-specific. 

For example, the pattern for males and females may reflect underlying family responsibilities that limit physical activity levels in many younger females during their child-rearing years. Physical activity differs overall significantly by age group and a significant change point in activity level occurs from the 45-54-year-old age group with decreasing percentages that are active in the 55-64-year-old age group and older age groups.

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