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Why should we make physical activity a priority?

Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Increases amount of energy used by the body 2. Reduces risk of lifestyle diseases 3. Promotes burning of fat and loss of fat tissue 4. Promotes muscle development and maintenance 5. Helps with appetite control 6. Helps with stress management 7. Improves sense of well- being 8. Reduces muscle loss during weight loss 9. Reduces appetite for fatty foods 10. Reduces weight regain after weight loss

Some tips for increasing activity:

- Make sure that you choose an exercise routine that can be sustainable. Start slowly and build it up. - Be active in your everyday life and add exercise and sports into your routine - For general health aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 days of the week (this can even be broken up in to 10 minutes at a time) - Try to build up to 60 minutes of moderate-vigourous activity on most days - Make sure to include aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility in your workout schedule

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