Importance of Physical Activity

Physical activity provides long-term health benefits for everyone! By being active, you will burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day.  Physical activity, along with proper nutrition, is beneficial to people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. And it is important that everyone gets active: over the last 20 years, there’s been a significant increase in obesity in the United States. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese.  By incorporating physical activity into your daily life you will experience positive health benefits and be on the path for a better future.

 

Health Benefits

  1. Decrease risk of disease*
  2. Feel great physically
  3. Sleep better
  4. Live longer (up to five years according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine)
  5. Keep in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities
  6. Avoid injury and safely perform work and home chores
  7. Increase mental health and social well-being
  8. Feel better about yourself
  9. Reduce the chance of becoming depressed
  10. Get around better
  11. Have stronger muscles and bones
  12. Achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  13. Be with friends or meet new people
  14. Have fun!

 

*According to the Centers for Disease Control, exercise can reduce your risk of:
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Breast and colon cancer
  • Osteoporosis