Why is Physical Activity Important?

Physical activity offers lots of benefits! Here are eight key reasons to get active.

  1. Decrease risk of disease
  2. Feel great physically
  3. Look better
  4. Sleep better
  5. Live longer—up to five years according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine!
  6. Keep in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities
  7. Avoid injury and safely perform work and home chores
  8. Increase mental and social wellbeing
  9. The last point is especially interesting.  According to studies in the Lancet physical activity brings “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep, and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”

    Sitting Is Dangerous

    Lack of physical activity is associated with increased risks of:

    • Anxiety, stress, and feelings of depression
    • Developing many preventable conditions, such as high blood pressure, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, colon cancer, and obesity
    • Dying prematurely

    Researchers even suggest that the sedentary lifestyle so common in our culture is more deadly than smoking. They believe that 6-10% of the world’s non-communicable diseases (such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain kinds of cancer) are caused by physical inactivity.