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 Why Do I Need Physical Activity?

 

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Regular physical activity can improve health and reduce your risk of developing (or worsening) a number of health problems, including nearly every major disease. Some physical activity is better than none but increasing the intensity, frequency and/or duration of workouts leads to greater health benefits and greater quality of life.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd edition) has an entire chapter dedicated to the benefits of activity, Chapter 2: Physical Activity and Health. You can also read the Top 10 Things to Know about the second edition to see what we now know about both the immediate and long term health benefits of physical activity. You can learn more about physical activity benefits from the CDC and see the benefits of physical activity in the below infographic.