Physical activity has positive health effects. Physical activity improves cardio-respiratory fitness and blood sugar balance, lowers effectively blood pressure, improves the plasma lipid profile and affects positively the psychosocial well-being.
It is recommended to have leisure time physical activity at least two and half hours in a week.
Figure 1. Moderate leisure time physical activity in Finland, 1972–2002. (At least 4 hours physical activity per week)
Figure 2. Moderate leisure time physical activity in Pitkäranta, the Republic of Karelia, 1992–2007. (At least 4 hours physical activity per week)
More information about physical activity in Pitkäranta, Russia and Finland can be found in series of pictures
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