Why is physical activity important?
Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits.
People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active.
The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits.
Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster.
Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity. Vigorous activities take more effort than moderate ones. For moderate activities, you can talk while you do them, but you can't sing. For vigorous activities, you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.
Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger.
These include activities like push-ups and lifting weights. It is important to work all the different parts of the body - your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
Bone-strengthening activities make your bones stronger.
Bone strengthening activities, like jumping, are especially important for children and adolescents. These activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.