There are many health benefits when you include physical activity in your daily routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease, weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.
Research has also shown that participating in regular physical activity helps reduce stress and depression, and can also boost your self-esteem.
In 2008, The Department of Health and Human Services updated physical activity recommendations. The guidelines recommend 30 minutes of physical aerobic activity daily for adults ages 18-64.
Need some ideas for how to meet the physical activity recommendations? Check out the following resources.
Student Health Advocates provide FREE personal fitness assessments that measure a person's fitness level compared to others in the same age group. Special equipment and exercises are used to measure blood pressure, heart rate, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, abdominal strength, and upper body strength.