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Fitness Tip: Physical activity vital part of improving health

Craig Press staff report

Physical activity is one of the most important actions people of all ages can take to improve their health. The evidence is clear — physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, and sleep better, and can reduce the risk of numerous chronic diseases.

Health benefits begin immediately after exercising, and even short periods of physical activity are beneficial. Even better, research shows nearly everyone gains benefits: men and women of all races and ethnicities, young children and older adults, women who are pregnant or postpartum (first year after delivery), people living with a chronic condition or disability, and people who want to reduce their risk of chronic disease.

Evidence supporting the health benefits of regular physical activity is well-established, and research continues to provide insight into what works to get people moving, both at the individual and community level.

Achieving the benefits of physical activity depends on our personal efforts to increase activity in ourselves, family, friends, patients, and colleagues.

Action is also required at the school, workplace, and community levels. Get started at

Source: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, second edition.