There are many benefits to be obtained from regular physical activity.
Not only will you look better and feel better about yourself, but you
will also be contributing to the prevention of many health risks and diseases.
A powerful statistic is:
"being physically inactive has the same impact on your health as
smoking a pack of cigarettes each day?" - Dr. Nick Busing, College
of Family Physicians of Canada
There has been an overwhelming amount of research that supports the many
benefits of physical activity. We have categorized the benefits into areas
we thought may be of interest to you. Just click on one of the sidebar
links to find out the benefits of physical activity.
By being physically active you gain physical, social and emotional benefits
Specifically, you will notice:
- better health
- improved fitness
- better posture and balance
- better self esteem
- reduced body fat
- stronger muscles and bones
- feel more energetic
- improved relaxation and reduced stress
- continued independent living in later life
The health risks of not being active include:
- premature death
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Colon cancer
If we could increase the level of physical activity by 10% nationally,
we could save the health care system 5 billion dollars!