Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Adults I CDC

Physical activity is one of the best things people can do to improve their health. It is vital for healthy aging and can reduce the burden of chronic diseases and prevent early death.

Immediate Benefits:

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

  1. Sleep
    – Improves sleep quality
  2. Less Anxiety
    – Reduces feelings of anxiety
  3. Blood Pressure
    – Reduces blood pressure

Long-term Benefits:

Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for chronic disease prevention.

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

Emerging research suggests physical activity may also help boost immune function.1,2

  1. Nieman, D. C., & Wentz, L. M. (2019). The compelling link between physical activity and the body’s defense system. Journal of sport and health science, 8(3), 201-217.
  2. Jones, A. W., & Davison, G. (2019). Exercise, Immunity, and Illness. In Muscle and Exercise Physiology (pp. 317-344). Academic Press.