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Collage Phy ActPhysical Activity For A Healthy Body And So Much More

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.


Activity For Better Health

 CDC -  Physical Activity For Major Health Benefits  

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:

  • Control your weightCDC Logo
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers
  • Reduce your risk for high blood pressure
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mental health and mood
  • Reduce the risk of depression and anxiety
  • Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
  • Increase your chances of living longer

Dr. Tim Church, Prevention Through Physical Activity

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.


What is Regular Physical Activity? 

While everyone says you should be active, what is regular or moderate physical activity? Here is how three experts define moderate physical activity:

  • CDC, Center for Disease Control - "A moderate amount of physical activity is roughly equivalent to physical activity that uses approximately 150 Calories (kcal) of energy per day, or 1,000 Calories per week."
  • American Heart Association - "We suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). 30 minutes a day, five times a week. However, you will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 -15 minutes per day."
  • 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

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The Tremendous Values Of Sports

Physical exercise is one thing. Playing sports adds a whole new set of benefits. Click HERE to learn more.

Children & Physical Activity



Dr. Mike Evans On The Benefits of Physical Activity

        "This is Preventable" 

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.

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Find Out How Many Calories You Burn

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.

Calorie counter

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Common Sense 'Pro-Activity' US Legislation

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.

Pro-Activity Legislation

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