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CDC Physical Activity & Health


People who are usually inactive can improve their health and well-being by becoming even moderately active on a regular basis.

Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits.

Greater health benefits can be achieved by increasing the amount (duration, frequency, or intensity) of physical activity.

Get Moving - American Heart Association


Take the first step. Start with walking! Why? It's easy, it works and it pays!

And visit StartWalkingNow.org to find tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.
It's Easy
Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a fitness journey.
Walking costs nothing to get started.
Walking has the lowest dropout rate of any type of exercise.
Walking is easy and safe.

It Works
Studies show that for every hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours.
Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health benefits.
Walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health.

Health Canada Physical Activity


Physical activity improves health and well-being. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and it improves your outlook on life.

Research shows that physical inactivity can cause premature death, chronic disease and disability. Health Canada encourages Canadians to integrate physical activity into their every day life; at home, at school, at work, at play and on the way ... that's active living!

Mayo - Exercise: 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity


Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

MGH Healthy Resource Guide

Marion General Hospital and the Grant County YMCA have a mutual mission and vision for our community, which is healthy living. It was >natural for the two of us to partner to provide a resource guide to
community members looking to improve their health.

The benefits of regular exercise are unrivaled: Physical activity can help you lose weight and prevent a host of ailments, including heart disease, >diabetes, and osteoporosis. Being t also can help you stay mentally sharp.

World Health Organization - Physical Activity

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Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure. Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.

Regular moderate intensity physical activity – such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports – has significant benefits for health. For instance, it can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression. Moreover adequate levels of physical activity will decrease the risk of a hip or vertebral fracture and help control weight.