Why Is It Important to Move More

Current state of Readiness: Contemplation

Individuals openly state their intent to change within the next 6 months and are more aware of the benefits of changing, but remain aware of the costs.

Our Goal: To encourage and motivate you to make specific plans.

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The Benefits of Improving Your Physical Fitness

  • Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
  • Being physically active can:
    • Improve your brain health
    • Help manage weight
    • Reduce the risk of disease
    • Strengthen bones and muscles
    • Improve your ability to do everyday activities.
  • Adults who sit less and do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain some health benefits.
  • Everyone can experience the health benefits of physical activity – age, abilities, ethnicity, shape, or size do not matter.

Health Benefits of Physical Activity According to the CDC

Immediate Benefits
A single bout of moderate-to vigorous physical activity provides immediate benefits for your health.

  • Sleep: Improves sleep quality
  • Less Anxiety: Reduces feelings of anxiety
  • Blood Pressure:  Reduces blood pressure

Long-term Benefits
Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for chronic disease prevention.

  • Brain Health: Reduces risks of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and reduces risk of depression
  • Heart Health: Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer Prevention: Lowers risk of eight cancers: bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, lung, and stomach
  • Healthy Weight: Reduces risk of weight gain
  • Bone Strength: Improves bone health
  • Balance and Coordination: Reduces risks of falls

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