According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Americans that are physically active improve their overall health and fitness while preventing many adverse health conditions.
Even though studies are not conclusive on just how much exercise affects the overall health benefits there is enough evidence to show that once the health benefits from exercise begin to accrue, additional amounts of activity provide additional benefits.
Health Benefits of Physical Activity
- Some physical activity is better than none at all.
- Participating in both aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity is beneficial.
- Regular exercise reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes.
- A lot of health benefits take place when there is at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Being more physically active increases the health benefits.
- The benefits of exercise outweigh the potential of any adverse effects.
- Exercise may lower the risk of early death.
- Regular exercise reduces depression.
- There is evidence that shows that physical activity lowers the risk of coronary heart disease>, stroke, and high blood pressure.
- Improved cardio respiratory and muscular fitness.
- Weight management and weight loss when combined with reduced calorie intake.
There are many benefits to getting out and getting some exercise a few times a week. The above is just a short list of some of those benefits. When quitting smoking one of the best things you can do to manage withdrawals and cravings is to get physically active.