Why do I need to exercise?

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Getting regular exercise has a tremendous impact on everyone. We not only have a responsibility to ourselves to live our best, most healthy lives but also the people we share our communities, countries, and planet with.

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Getting regular exercise has a tremendous impact on everyone. We not only have a responsibility to ourselves to live our best, most healthy lives but also the people we share our communities, countries, and planet with.

According to CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, over half of our population live with chronic disease and a further half of this group is living with two or more. The corollary is that only half of adults get the physical activity to help reduce and prevent chronic diseases. Getting enough physical activity could prevent 1 in 10 premature deaths.

The economic impact is tremendous. We spend $117 Billion annually on health care costs that are associated with inadequate physical activity.

The benefits of physical activity are broad and can vary across different age groups.

Benefits of Exercise for Children

  • Reduces risk of depression
  • Improves aerobic fitness
  • Improves muscular fitness
  • Improves bone health
  • Promotes favorable body composition
  • Improves attention and some measures of academic performance (with school physical activity programs)

Benefits of Exercise for Adults

  • Lowers risk of high blood pressure
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Improves aerobic fitness
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Reduces arthritis symptoms
  • Prevents weight gain

Benefits of Exercise for Healthy Aging

  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces risk of falling
  • Improves balance
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Extends years of active life
  • Helps prevent weak bones and muscle loss
  • Delays onset of cognitive decline

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