Physical Activity

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

  1. Helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscles.1
  2. Helps reduce the risk of developing obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer.1
  3. Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.1
  4. May help improve students’ academic performance, including
  • Academic achievement and grades
  • Academic behavior, such as time on task
  • Factors that influence academic achievement, such as concentration and attentiveness in the classroom.2

21-a-day will help keep the Doctor away!

Do you know that adults age 18-64 need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week to stay healthy? That may seem like a lot, but that is an average of at least 21 minutes everyday of brisk walking, jogging and other activities that get your heart pumping faster.

Long-Term Consequences of Physical Inactivity

  1. Overweight and obesity, which are influenced by physical inactivity and poor diet, can increase one’s risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, arthritis, and poor health status.3-5
  2. Physical inactivity increases one’s risk for dying prematurely, dying of heart disease, and developing diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure.1


Click here for additional resources and ways to keep physical active:
How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?
Get Moving and Keep Going!
Overcoming Barriers 



  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008.
  2. CDC. The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
  3. Daniels S, Arnett D, Eckel R, et al. Overweight in children and adolescents: pathophysiology, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Circulation2005;111:1999–2012.
  4. Institute of Medicine. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2004.
  5. Dietz WH. Overweight in childhood and adolescence. New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350:855–857.