Health Benefits of Increased Physical Activity

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 world. Regular physical activity improves health in many ways than one—from reducing the risk of dying prematurely to promoting psychological well-being.


  • Physical activity and health go hand in hand, greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (regularity, duration, or intensity) of physical activity.

  • People who are most of the time inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming active even in moderation on a regular basis.

  • Physical activity need not be strenuous and vigorous to achieve significant health benefits and it can be achieved in a variety of ways.

  • Individuals contemplating an increase in physical activity to jumpstart their system should start slowly and gradually build up to the desired amount to give the body time to adjust.

  • The benefits of exercise extend far beyond weight management. Regular physical activity reduces the morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases and can help improve the overall quality of life.



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