#Active #Health a struggle for Kenyans

A pullout in the Saturday Standard, September 8, 2018, revealed one of the daunting risks for Kenyans in fitness health and wellness. The details cover a study that declares Kenyans the most unfit and the unhealthiest in East Africa.

A survey carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that most countries with more active people are likely to be poorer than those with less active populations.

The report which was done globally by the WHO was released on Wednesday. According to the report, 15.4 per cent of the Kenyan adult population is not as active as the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Uganda poses as the most active population with only 5.5 per cent not active enough. Globally 1.4 billion people do not reach the recommended physical activity levels per week.

What is Active Health

Many populations have in the past defined active health as looking perfect, eating perfect and being perfect. This misconception has prompted some to chart unhealthy miles to create an image of perfection.

On the contrary, active health is a journey that involves a person’s baby steps that try to help form little habits. These little habits applied daily contribute immensely to the overall health of a person by focusing on 4 major aspects of health;

  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition
  • Screen Time
  • Sleep

There are a number of ways to proactively own your health as you keep track of your fitness progress. Fun community activities and active work are natural ways of keeping fit. Living life to the full involves an active lifestyle that keeps your heart active.

WHO Active Health Standards

The World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity every week. A sedentary lifestyle predisposes Kenyans in developing non-communicable diseases. The study showed.

The Survey

1.9 million participants from 168 countries worldwide were involved in the study including 4127 Kenyans from both rural and urban settings. The Kenyans had been reached through questionnaires as well as the STEP survey in 2015 that was led by the WHO.

The conclusions of the STEP survey showed that 6.5 per cent of Kenyans did not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity. However additional data in the new report put inactive Kenyans at 15.4 per cent with 15.9 per cent of males and 16.9 females leading a sedentary lifestyle.

The survey had considered more women activities like physical activity at the workplace, recreation, transport as well as house chores but the women still lagged behind.

Why Active Health?

Physical activity coupled with good nutrition and enough sleep reduces the risks associated with various diseases including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, breast and colon cancer.

Everyone wants value for their life. This is a luxury only fitness can give. An active lifestyle helps the heart and lungs to nourish the muscles and body tissues with enough oxygen and nutrients. Through an improved active lifestyle, body organs adjust to working together to a range of qualities that allow the body to fully perform vigorous activities. Active health also improves mental health.

It is important to take a regular health checkup and routine advice from health and fitness experts. You can begin by planning a health and fitness program backed up with a good nutritional plan. Most importantly, have a willingness to always learn in your quest for better health, active health can save or add years to your life.

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