Football for Health
For decades, studies comparing the most physically active members of the population with the most sedentary have consistently shown a 30-40% reduction in the chance of developing coronary heart disease.
There is also strong evidence that regular exercise significantly reduces the chance of early death, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, breast and colon cancer, obesity, falls, osteoporosis, depression and dementia.
Physical inactivity is becoming a major global contributor to death and disability. Government and public health experts in Australia and internationally are looking to improve health outcomes with strategies to increase physical activity (ideally 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of intense aerobic activity) by means of education, transport and community planning and of course participation in sport and recreation.
We at Heartbeat of Football encourage participation in football at all ages. Some precautions should be taken however, especially for older athletes for prevention of heart problems during exercise.