Physical activity is an important part of your overall physical and mental health. Regular physical activity over time produces long-term health benefits and reduces the risk of many diseases and dying prematurely.
Physical activity also keeps you in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities and safely perform work and home chores. Staying physically active throughout life can also improve thinking ability in older adults. Overall, it helps maintain an independent, productive and social life.
According to the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, all Americans should be active-even older adults and those who are disabled or managing a chronic illness. All adults gain substantial health benefits from a combination of aerobic and muscle strengthening activity.
If you have been inactive, don't be discouraged. Some activity is better than none. Start at a comfortable level and add a little more activity over time.
The more physically active you are, the more health benefits you gain. If you are physically fit, you are very likely to look, feel, and do your best-physically and mentally.