Sedentary or physically inactive lifestyles are shown to be risk factors for certain cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and linked to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. REF
Improving activity is shown to reduce your risk of a heart attack, lower your blood cholesterol levels, improve bone and muscle strength, lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and cancer. REF
Recommendations vary according to the person’s age. Use the following guidelines to help individuals make informed decisions about their daily activity levels. REF
Behavior change advice is more acceptable if it is clear on how it could improve a person’s health (or make a positive difference in their life), rather than focusing on the harm caused by that risk factor REF.
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Explain why change would be beneficial to them.
Make it person centered.
Highlight that the best way to make a change is with support.