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Benefits of physical activity

Importance and benefits of physical activity

Why should one bother to be physically active? While your daily food choices can robustly affect health, the combination of healthy food choices and regular physical activity is more powerful still. Regular physical activity can help improve your overall quality of life, reduce your risk for several diseases and give you at least some of these benefits:

  • Increased endurance, muscle strength and flexibility thus decreased back pain
  • Reduced risks of certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer
  • Greater bone density and lessened risk of adult bone loss later in life known as osteoporosis
  • Improved resistance to infectious diseases and faster wound healing
  • Improved lipid profile and blood flow thus decreased risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension
  • Reduced body fat, increased lean tissue consequently stronger self-image
  • Improved sleeping patterns
  • Reduced menstrual symptoms, anxiety and symptoms of depression
  • Enhanced mental and cognitive functioning
  • Longer and higher quality of life