Benefits of Physical Activity
All Americans should be regularly physically active to improve overall health and fitness and to prevent many adverse health outcomes. The benefits of physical activity occur in generally healthy people, in people at risk of developing chronic diseases, and in people with current chronic conditions or disabilities.
Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States. Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:
- Reduces stress.
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely.
- Increases energy levels.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease.
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Increases HDL (the good) cholesterol.
- Reduces the risk of developing some cancers.
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
- Helps control weight.
- Helps you sleep at night.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
- Promotes psychological well-being
- Stimulates creativity.