Common Risk Factors

A risk factor is a variable that could increase your risk for a disease or infection. Physical activity, stress, and nutrition could all potentially play a role in your risk for developing certain diseases. Read below for more explanation.
  1. Physical Activity
  2. Nutrition
  3. Stress

Importance of Exercise

A significant factor in maintaining a healthy weight is exercise. Many health risks can be greatly reduced just by following exercise recommendations. Current recommendations say that adults should get the following levels of exercise:
  • 2.5 hours / week (moderate intensity)
  • 75 minutes / week (vigorous intensity)
Moderate intensity includes activities where your breathing and heart rate are noticeably faster, but you can still carry on a conversation (walking briskly or biking at a casual pace). Vigorous intensity activities are when your heart rate is increased substantially and you are breathing too hard and fast to carry on a conversation (jogging, running, and most team sports).