Why is Physical Activity Important?

woman and grandfather walking in the park

Physical fitness offers lots of health and other benefits! Here are eight key reasons why exercise is important:.

  1. Decrease risk of disease
  2. Feel great physically
  3. Look better
  4. Sleep better
  5. Live longer—up to five years according to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine!
  6. Keep in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities
  7. Avoid injury and safely perform work and home chores
  8. Increase mental health and social wellbeing

The last point is especially interesting. According to studies in The Lancet physical activity brings “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep, and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness."