Physical activity is an important part of your overall physical and mental health. Regular physical activity over time produces long-term health benefits and reduces the risk of many diseases.
Physical activity also keeps you in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities and safely perform work and home chores. Overall, it helps maintain an independent, productive, and social life.
According to the most recent Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, all Americans should be active—even older adults and those who are disabled or managing a chronic illness. All adults gain substantial health benefits from a combination of activities that include aerobic fitness, flexibility, and muscle-strengthening exercises.
If you have been inactive, don't be discouraged. Some activity is better than none. Start at a comfortable level and add a little more activity over time.