Physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality (5). So, as well as following a balanced diet, keeping active plays a crucial role in promoting overall health.
As referenced by the World Health Organization, evidence suggests that active men and women (compared to less active individuals) have a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon and breast cancer and depression. Individuals are likely to have less risk of hip or vertebral fracture; exhibit a higher level of cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness; and are more likely to achieve weight maintenance and have a healthier body mass and composition (5).
In China, the State Council has launched the ‘Healthy China 2030’ initiative (4) which states its commitment to preventing disease and improving public health and fitness. Amongst other things, the initiative sets out a target to get 530 million people take part in physical exercise on a regular basis.
When it comes to our overall health, diet is only half the story. The other critical part is keeping active.Read more