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City Health gets moving for World Physical Activity Day<span><p>City Health teamed up with Recreation and Parks to host an event for World Physical Activity Day at the Lentegeur Civic on Friday, 5 April 2024.</p><p>Approximately 80 participants of varying ages gathered for a morning of activities to get the heart rate going.</p><p>Recreation and Parks hosts physical activity sessions at the Civic on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 09:00 until 11:00.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1225px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>It is but one of many departmental facilities offering various health and fitness opportunities to communities.</p><p>In addition, the Community Services and Health Directorate continues driving its 'Live Well Challenge', launched in 2018 to promote healthy eating and exercise as key ways to mitigate the growing risks posed by lifestyle diseases.</p><p>'There are many in our city who engage in physical activity, but there is always room for newcomers. So, if you aren't already getting your daily dose of exercise or activity, please reach out to your local clinic or recreation centre for guidance on available programmes that you can join. Community groups too are useful places to find exercise buddies, or simply start by taking a walk around the neighbourhood or doing basic exercises indoors, particularly with winter coming soon. I recently joined a community fitness morning in Lotus River, and we had participants who were well into their senior years, but it didn't stop them. So, age is definitely not a factor – let's keep moving together for a healthier Cape Town,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:978px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><strong>WHY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS CRITICAL</strong></p><p>Engaging in regular exercise not only boosts physical health, but also enhances mental well-being, improves sleeping patterns, reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension, helps with weight-management, and strengthens immunity.</p><p>The World Health Organisation recommends 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise, for adults aged 18-64. </p><p>In addition:</p><ul><li>Children of all ages should be encouraged to limit sedentary screen time by engaging in active play or sports. </li><li>Elderly residents should look at activities that focus on strengthening balance and thereby reducing their risk of falling.</li><li>Physical activity can include solo activities, such as running, swimming or cycling, or group activities, such as sports, fitness classes or community activities like park runs.</li><li>You can also fight a sedentary lifestyle by including more physical choices into your daily routine, like taking the stairs instead of the lift.</li><li>Stand or walk when taking a phone call instead of sitting down, or replace some TV time with a more active pastime. <br></li></ul> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:954px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2024-04-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#e1a5b1a6-9b2b-4790-96ce-f3405c541ea3;L0|#0e1a5b1a6-9b2b-4790-96ce-f3405c541ea3|community;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#86cb0be8-21e1-466f-97e9-09101eae6cce;L0|#086cb0be8-21e1-466f-97e9-09101eae6cce|Lentegeur10

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