Exercise and Activity (cont.)
Can everyone benefit from physical activity?
"Do it, move it,
make it happen. No one ever sat their way to success." -Unknown
The good news about regular physical activity is that everyone can
benefit from it (USDHHS, 1996).
- Older adults:
No one is too old to enjoy the benefits of regular physical
activity. Evidence indicates that muscle-strengthening exercises can
reduce the risk of falling and fracturing bones and can improve the
ability to live independently.
- Parents and children:
Parents can help their children maintain a physically active lifestyle by
providing encouragement and opportunities for physical activity. Families can
plan outings and events that allow and encourage everyone in the family to be active.
- Teenagers: Regular
physical activity improves strength, builds lean muscle, and decreases body
fat. Activity can build stronger bones to last a
- People trying to manage their weight: Regular physical activity burns calories while preserving lean
muscle mass. Regular physical activity is a key component of any
weight-loss or weight-management effort.
- People with high blood pressure:
Regular physical activity helps lower blood pressure.
- People with physical
disabilities, including arthritis: Regular physical activity can help
people with chronic, disabling
conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength. It also can
improve psychological well-being and quality of life by increasing
the ability to perform the activities of daily life.
- Everyone under stress, including persons experiencing anxiety
Regular physical activity improves one's mood, helps relieve
depression, and increases feelings of well-being.
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