Physical activity is an important part of your overall physical and mental health. According to the new 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 aerobic and muscle strengthening activity that enhance their physical fitness.
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. The more physically active you are, the more health benefits you gain. If you are physically fit, you are very likely to look, feel, and do your best-physically and mentally. Activity:
- Reduces the risk of many diseases--and dying prematurely
- Helps prevent injury and keeps you in shape to enjoy leisure activities
- Improves mental ability in older adults