Monday, December 17, 2007

Inactivity leads to Disability

According to a news article on the CNN website, more Americans are engaging in physical exercise, but not enough yet, and this deficient amount of physical activity can eventually lead to disability, or, more specifically, increase the odds of developing a condition, the very nature of which may lead to functional limitations and some degree of disability. How does the report cited by the article define regular exercise? As moderate-intensity physical activity, lasting at least thirty minutes, and being engaged in at least five days per week.

The study was apparently conducted between the years 2001 and 2005 and study recipients had their responses recorded via phone calls. This, of course, makes me suspect the responses since most individuals are generally eager to get off the phone in anything other than a call they place themselves, or a call they receive from someone they know.

Also, the definition of regular exercise used by the study makes me wonder if even a minor percentage of Americans are getting sufficient exercise. Unfortunately, with the demands of work, home, and family, and with a commuting lifestyle built in for many, there isn't a whole lot of time left over, even for something as important as exercise.

As the article indicates, however, a failure to get enough exercise can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.

These, of course, are conditions that are seen quite frequently on applications for disability.

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