The Importance of Physical Activity


Being physically active is one of the most important actions that people of all ages can take to improve their health.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of a large number of chronic diseases. The evidence about the health benefits of regular physical activity is well established.

Achieving the benefits of physical activity depends on our personal efforts to increase activity in ourselves, family, friends, patients, and colleagues. Action is also required at the school, workplace, and community levels.

Ideas for Physical Activity

There are plenty of ways to get moving and some may even surprise you! It’s time to be active, get healthy, and have some fun! Look for ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. Try these activities to start working toward your fitness goals:

  • Choose the stairs over the escalator or elevator
  • Walk or cycle instead of taking the car or bus
  • Walk up and down the field while watching your children play sports
  • Take dance lessons with a friend
  • Do exercises, like squats, lunges, and stretches while watching your favorite shows

Start Slowly

There are many health benefits to being active for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, but you should consult your healthcare provider before starting a new activity program. If you haven’t been active in a while, start slowly and build up. Do what you can; some physical activity is better than none.

Get support to live a healthy life

If you’d like additional support to lose weight while learning healthier lifestyle strategies such as walking, contact our weight-loss experts at the HMR Program for Weight Management™ at Utah Weight Loss