Physical Activity Benefits

Twenty to thirty minutes of physical activity each day helps to promote brain and bodily health.

Being physically active has many benefits including:

  • A pretty woman walking her dog on a trailLowering your risk of cancer recurrence and guarding against other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure
  • Increasing the flow of oxygen to your brain
  • Reducing your fatigue
  • Reducing your stress
  • Improving your mood
  • Increasing a chemical that helps with thinking

Physical activity can include activities like going for a brisk walk, dancing, doing aerobics, or riding a bike. Many people think they need a gym membership to physically exercise, but that is not true. Simple alternatives to sitting can help you to be physically active each day:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk or bike to the store instead of driving
  • Ride an elliptical or stationary bike while watching TV instead of sitting on the couch
  • Park your car at the back of the parking lot instead of near the entrance of a building
  • Plan active dates with your significant other instead of going for dinner and a movie

Physical activity should be part of your daily routine. Along with a balanced diet, physical activity can help you to decrease excess body fat, maintain a healthy weight, and improve your thinking.

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