PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & HEALTH
Report taken from the Surgeon General, Submitted by Larry B. Wickham
This report brings together, for the first time, what has been learned about physical activity and health from decades of research.
1. People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis;
2. Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits;
3. Greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (duration, frequency, or intensity) of physical activity.
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and health in the United States. Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:
1. Reduces risk of dying prematurely.
2. Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
3. Reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
4. Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure.
5. Helps reduce blood pressure.
6. Reduces the risk of developing colon cancer.
7. Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
8. Helps control weight.
9. Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
10.Helps older adults become stronger and better able to move about without falling.
11.Promotes psychological well-being.
Faculty/Staff Bulletin--March 13, 1997