A sedentary lifestyle is one of the new modern scourges in the same way as cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure or smoking. According to the World Health Organisation, it is the fourth leading risk factor for death in the world. In addition to improving performance and physical condition, regular physical activity helps to prevent many chronic, cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. It is also a good way to combat stress and improve sleep quality. A sedentary lifestyle increases a long list of disorders that endanger the physical and mental health of individuals.
But what is physical activity?
We mean physical activity when we get moving. Whether it's a daily trip to the shops or a running session in the nearest park. This means that sport is accessible to as many people as possible. It is estimated that a brisk walk of about thirty minutes is equivalent to twenty minutes of running.
Regular physical activity or sport is essential from a very young age to ensure the proper development of the child and to maintain good health. Thus, getting your child used to being active from a very young age helps to instil good habits in his or her mind for the future.
A vector in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and cancers
Regular physical activity improves and regulates the functioning of the heart system, considerably reducing all cardiovascular risks. Regular exercise reduces the risk of coronary events (such as angina or heart attack) by 35% and high blood pressure by 50%. Over time, sport makes the heart more resistant and efficient during physical effort.
According to a recent report by the National Cancer Institute, sport reduces the risk of cancer, particularly breast, colorectal and endometrial cancer, by 20% and by 27% for the most active people.
Physical activity also has a direct influence on the risks for people with cancer: active people have a significantly lower mortality risk than inactive people.