Be active and benefit: Inactivity on the rise

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A recent study conducted and released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 15 percent of American adults are physically inactive.

The organization defines “physical inactivity” as not participating in leisure time physical activity within the past month. These activities could be running, walking for exercise, biking, weight lifting or gardening.

“Creating — and keeping to — a regular exercise routine has benefits that reach beyond body weight and the size of your waistline,” said John Silveri, an exercise physiologist and supervisor of McLaren Macomb Cardiac Rehabilitation. “Getting enough exercise is crucial to good health and it aids the body in many ways, not least of which are its benefits to cardiovascular health.”

Benefits and risks

Committing to an exercise routine carries several benefits, some of which actually reduce the risk of developing certain conditions.


  • More quality sleep
  • Increased general health
  • Improved mental well-being
  • Aid in maintaining cognitive functions
  • Increased energy levels

Reduced risk of

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers

Recommended exercise guidelines

The American Heart Association offers an exercise guideline recommendation for people of all ages.

3- to 6-year-olds

Encouraged to be active and participate in physical play for at least 3 hours each week.

6- to 17-year-olds

One hour of at least moderate activity each day – aerobic or cardiovascular exercise with muscle-training three times a week.

18 and older

Two-and-a-half to five hours of moderate activity, or one hour and 15 minutes to two-and-a-half hours of vigorous exercise, with at least two days of muscle-training.

Older adults

Activities should include balancing exercises to help avoid falls, and they should remain as active as much as they can.