|The Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality Remind Us of the|
Health Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
- It can reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease.
- It can aid in the management of active problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or high cholesterol.
- It can improve the ability to function and stay independent in the face of active problems like lung disease or arthritis.
- Lower overall mortality. Benefits were greatest among the most active persons but were also evident for individuals who reported only moderate activity.
- Lower risk of coronary heart disease. The cardiac risk of being inactive is comparable to the risk from smoking cigarettes.
- Lower risk of colon cancer.
- Lower risk of diabetes.
- Lower risk of developing high blood pressure. Exercise also lowers blood pressure in individuals who have hypertension.
- Lower risk of obesity.
- Improved mood and relief of symptoms of depression.
- Improved quality of life and improved functioning.
- Improved function in persons with arthritis.
- Lower risk of falls and injury.
- Lower risk of breast cancer.
- Prevention of bone loss and fracture after the menopause.
- Lower risk of developing depression.
- Improved quality of sleep.