Physical Activity Basics
The evidence is clear—physical activity can make you feel better, function better, and sleep better. Even one session of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity reduces anxiety, and even short bouts of physical activity are beneficial. Being physically active also fosters normal growth and development, improves overall health, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.
Physical Activity Benefits
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
Physical Activity for Different Groups
Adults with Chronic Health Conditions and Disabilities
Physical Activity for People With Disability
Physical Activity Recommendations, Benefits, and Examples
Key Guidelines Adults with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities [PDF-14.4MB]
Health Benefits Associated With Regular Physical Activity for People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities [PDF-14.4MB]
Benefits of Physical Activity
Active people generally live longer and are at less risk for chronic disease.
- Immediate Benefits and Brain Health [PDF-14.5MB].
- Weight Management.
- Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease.
- Lowered risk of several common cancers.
- Strengthen Bones and Muscles.
- Improve Ability to Do Daily Activities and Prevent Falls.
- Increase Chance of Living Longer.
- Health Benefits for Adults.
- Health Benefits for Children.
Measure Your Progress
Learn how to measure your physical fitness level and progress toward your fitness goals over time.
Having Trouble Getting Started? See:
Getting Started With Physical Activity for a Healthy Weight
Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity
Physical Activity Guidelines
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. It also highlights individual and community-level strategies that can make being physically active easier in the places where people live, learn, work, and play.
- Top 10 Things to Know About the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
- The Move Your WaySM campaign resources are designed to help further explain the Guidelines. These include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others. The material is designed to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations and offers tips for how to help people become more active.