Move more

Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving more. Start at a comfortable level. Once you get the hang of it, add a little more activity each time you exercise. Then try doing it more often.

What are the benefits of physical activity?

Physical activity increases your chances of living longer. Exercise can also help:

  • Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight
  • Raise your “good” cholesterol
  • Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes

And that’s not all. Getting more active can:

  • Be fun
  • Help you look your best
  • Improve your sleep
  • Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger
  • Lower your chances of becoming depressed
  • Reduce falls and arthritis pain
  • Help you feel better about yourself

Is physical activity for everyone?

Yes! People of all ages and body types benefit from physical activity. Even if you feel out-of-shape or haven’t been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you.

What if I’m overweight?

If you are overweight or obese, getting active can help you lower your risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Some types of cancer

Learn how you can be Active at Any Size.

What if I have a health condition?

If you have a health condition, talk to a doctor about what types of activity are best for you. Physical activity can help you manage your type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. Visit these Web sites to learn more:

Take Action!

First, think about your current physical activity level. How active are you now?

Click the headings below for suggestions on moving more:

Content courtesy of National Health Information Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Original content and additional information can be found at http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTopicFull.aspx?topicID=22.

Revised: June 6, 2011

This web site is designed for informational use only; it is not designed to give advice, diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition you may have. If you have any questions about your health, please contact your health care provider.