The Importance of Physical Activity

The Importance of Physical Activity

Physical activity or exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Physical activity can help reduce your risk of developing certain diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

Strive to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.

Doing some physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some and gradually build up to the recommended amount.

Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise

  • Reduced risk of heart attack
  • Weight management
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger bones, muscles, and joints
  • Lower your risk of falls
  • Better recovery after hospitalizations
  • More energy, better mood, better sleep

Types of Exercise that are Beneficial

  • Walking
  • Riding a bike
  • Swimming
  • Walking in a pool
  • Aerobics classes
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Cardio machines (stepper, elliptical, stair climbers, treadmill)
  • Playing tennis
  • Jumping rope

Ways to Increase Physical Activity

  • Walking or riding a bike instead of driving in a car
  • Getting off of a bus stop earlier and walking the rest of the way
  • Walking children to school

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