Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, recently said, “Physical activity really is a wonder drug. It makes you healthier and happier, you live longer."
The benefits of physical activity are numerous. The obvious benefit is to burn calories while building a stronger body. You can see all of these benefits below.
The benefits of activity for children deserves a section of its own. You can view this page in our menu or just click on the blue box in the right column - Children & Physical Activity.
The Center for Disease Control, CDC, states regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here is a list of the benefits:
Dr. Tim Church is an expert on physical activity and exercise. He often says, "Exercise your right to a better quality of life. Check out Dr. Church in this ShareWik video below.
While everyone says you should be active, what is regular or moderate physical activity? Here is how three experts define moderate physical activity:
American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM - "Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Adults should train each major muscle group two to three days a week using a variety of exercises and equipment. Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days a week." Check out the ACSM's full article on regular activity here
Physical exercise is one thing. Playing sports adds a whole new set of benefits. Click HERE to learn more.
America's healthcare crisis is huge. In fact, almost all of the increase in federal spending is due to increased healthcare system. We can turn this around with the word PREVENTION. Getting more Americans, especially children, more active, fit and healthy will help reduce healthcare costs.
There are many websites which have charts showing how many calories you burn in almost every activity. One of our favorites in FitDay.com. You can see the calories burnt for each activity here.
Learn about the PHIT Act and PEP Program in our 'Pro-Activity Legislation' section. And, please contact Congress to show your support of the PHIT Act and PEP Program.