Physical Activity Management and its Role for Health Benefits: Narrative Review
Suliman Mansi; Hasan Mohammed Al Khaldi

In developed countries, modern conveniences and technology have contributed to increasing physical inactivity among adults. For example, World Health Organization (WHO) reported in 2008, 31% of adults exhibit a sedentary lifestyle, and have a 20-30% increased risk of mortality compared to active people. Therefore, increasing the level of physical activity to help them become more active, and hence reduce the burden of chronic diseases and improve health- related quality of life (HRQL) is considered important. The purpose of this review is to summarize existing evidence for a relationship between increased physical activity and decreased risk of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, Cancers, Overweight and obesity, and Musculoskeletal disorders. It is based on a narrative review of published research that has reviewed and evaluated the benefits of physical activity on health and well‐being in general populations. The review begins with an overview of physical activity concept, and sedentary lifestyle in general. A detailed description of the physical activity recommendations, health benefits of physical activity in general is then reviewed.

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