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Stay physically active during COVID-19 with exercise as medicine.

Recent evidence suggested that physical activity levels have decreased by 30% while sitting time has increased by 30% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Decreased physical activity and increased sedentary behavior are risk factors for cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, bone and joint disease and premature death.

Many experts on COVID-19 have emphasized healthy living behaviors and an increase in physical activity to not only fight the COVID-19 pandemic but the lack of physical activity pandemic. Physical activity alone results in over 3 million deaths per year and a global burden of $50 billion.

Immediate action is needed to increase physical activity and exercise due to its well noted positive effects on immune function, overall health and prevention of the development of chronic diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) people should be looking to engage in 150-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical therapy each week.

This amount of activity can be achieved at home by limiting sitting and performing both informal activity (cleaning, laundry) and formal exercise. Let Breakthru give you tips on how to regiment your day develop a plan to make sure you are getting the amount of activity required to be healthy both now and in the future.

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