Physical Activity is defined as any bodily movement that burns energy with the movement of muscles. This includes any motion you may do throughout your day such as:
- Taking the stairs
- Mowing the lawn
- Cleaning your house
- Sporting activities
NOTE: The activities listed above exclude sitting and lying down.
Physical activity has many benefits that can be seen over a short and long term period e.g.:
- Increases your chances of living longer
- Improves brain health, mood & energy level
- Lowers blood cholesterol levels
- Supports weight management
- Strengthens bones and muscles
- Improves quality of life
- Reduces your risk of depression, anxiety and promotes better sleep experience
If everybody in Jamaica became physically active, we could prevent:
- 13% of breast cancer
- 14% of colon cancer
- 8% coronary heart disease
- 10% of type 2 diabetes
Physical inactivity results in 6% Global Mortality and 12.8% death rates in Jamaica.
In Jamaica, if we improved our physical activity we could add 1 Year in life expectancy to enjoy good health!
If you are living with any Non-Communicable Disease, Physical activity can help in your journey to recovery, as it is shown to reduce the risk of recurrence for:
Tips on How to be Physically Active:
If you are considering increasing your physical activity, use this link (https://ncdip.moh.gov.jm/wellness-calculators/physical-activity/) to take the PAR-Q quiz to assess your readiness for physical activity.
Become physically active at: