The Many Benefits of Physical Activity

Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle that provides a number of benefits from physical, psychological to social benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “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 the risk of dying early;
  • Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease;
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes;
  • Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure;
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure;
  • Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer;
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety;
  • Helps control weight;
  • 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.”*

We also know that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults. Physical activity helps youth by:
  • controlling weight 
  • reducing blood pressure 
  • raising HDL ("good") cholesterol 
  • reducing the risk of diabetes and some kinds of cancer 
  • improved psychological well-being, including gaining more self-confidence and higher self-esteem

In the workplace, physical activity may help you manage the following:
  • Ability to manage time demands 
  • Ability to manage output demands
  • Improved mental concentration, stamina, reaction time and memory
  • More alert
  • Improved rapport with colleagues/friends/family
  • Greater satisfaction with work
  • Improved overall performance
  • Mental and interpersonal performance 
  • Stress reliever In addition, by including physical activity as part of your daily routine, helps to promote better sleep and may increase your chance of living longer.
The choice is yours!
Based on all of the benefits listed above, it should be a simple decision!