Physical activity is considered to be any muscular movement produced by the skeletal muscles that involves the consumption of energy. Physical activity is a protective factor in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cardiovascular accidents, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. It is also associated with better mental health (greater stress tolerance, reduced anxiety, more emotional stability and control of sleep disorders), delayed onset of dementia, and better quality of life and well-being.
Being physically active is important at all ages and it is possible whatever our physical condition or state of health. The recommendation is that we do at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
In addition, it promotes contact with others and helps build a wider social network, resulting in increased mental stimulation and better cognitive functioning. This is why we promote physical education and adapted sport as part of our rehabilitation process at the Institut Guttmann.