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Fitness Definition, Benefits, and Plans - MedicineNet

Fitness Definition, Benefits, and Plans - MedicineNet
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Energize Your Life! Who ever said physical activity is all work and no play?In fact, it can be just the opposite! There is no need to think of strenuousworkouts that are painful and boring. Instead, imagine doing fun physicalactivities you enjoy and look forward to. Do physical activity for enjoyment andwatch the health benefits follow!

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The importance of physical activity
The evidence is growing and is more convincing than ever! People of all ageswho are generally inactive can improve their health and well-being by becomingactive at a moderate-intensity on a regular basis.

Regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=31193 - heart disease - , the nation's leading cause of death, and decreases the risk for http://www.medicinenet.com/stroke_symptoms_and_treatment/article.htm - stroke - , http://www.medicinenet.com/colon_cancer/article.htm - colon cancer - , http://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_mellitus/article.htm - diabetes - , and http://www.onhealth.com/high_blood_pressure/article.htm - high blood pressure - . It also helps tocontrol weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles, and joints; reduces fallsamong older adults; helps to relieve the pain of http://www.onhealth.com/arthritis/article.htm - arthritis - ; reduces symptoms of http://www.medicinenet.com/anxiety/article.htm - anxiety - and http://www.medicinenet.com/depression/article.htm - depression - ; and is associated with fewer hospitalizations, physicianvisits, and medications. Moreover, physical activity need not be strenuous to bebeneficial; people of all ages benefit from participating in regular,moderate-intensity physical activity, such as 30 minutes of brisk http://www.medicinenet.com/walking/article.htm - walking - fiveor more times a week.

Despite the proven benefits of physical activity, more than 50% of Americanadults do not get enough physical activity to provide health benefits. 25% ofadults are not active at all in their leisure time. Activity decreases with ageand is less common among women than men and among those with lower income andless education.

Insufficient physical activity is not limited to adults.More than a third of young people in grades 9-12 do not regularly engage invigorous-intensity physical activity. Daily participation in high schoolphysical education classes dropped from 42% in 1991 to 32% in 2001 (CDC, 2002).

This section explains why you should be active, how inactivity may hurt yourhealth, and how physical activity can benefit everyone.


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