Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The goal is to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day. This can be achieved in many different ways, from walking or bicycling to the corner store to playing or gardening in a neighborhood park.
Active living is about creating healthy communities that have safe and convenient choices for people to walk, bike and be physically active on a daily basis. Consider these facts from the most recent research summaries by Active Living Research:
- People who live in neighborhoods with a mix of shops and businesses within easy walking distance have 35% lower risk of obesity.
- 43% of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home meet recommended activity levels, while just 27% of those without safe places to walk are active enough.
- Creating and improving places to be active can result in a 25% increase in the percentage of people who exercise at least three times a week.
- More children walk to school when there are sidewalks.