1- More restful, beneficial sleep
During rest, the body repairs injuries, disposes of wastes generated during activity, and builds new physical structures.
2- Improved nutritional health
Physical activity expends energy and thus allows people to eat enough food.
If they choose wisely, active people will consume more nutrients and be less likely to develop nutrient deficiencies.
3- Improved body composition
A balanced program of physical activity limits body fat and increases or maintains lean tissue.
4- Improved bone density
Weight-bearing physical activity builds bone strength and protects against osteoporosis.
5- Enhanced resistance to colds and other infectious diseases
6- Lower risk of some types of cancer
Lifelong physical activity may help to protect against colon cancer, breast cancer, and some other cancers.
7- Stronger circulation and lung function
8- Lower risks of cardiovascular disease
Physical activity lowers BP, slows resting pulse rate, lowers total cholesterol, and raises HDL cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes.
9- Lower risks of developing or help control type 2 diabetes
Physical activity help to normalizes blood glucose concentration.
Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and benefits those who already have the condition.
10- Reduced risk of gallbladder disease (women)
11- Lower incidence and severity of anxiety and depression
13- Longer life and higher quality of life in the later years
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Reference: Seizer, F., & Whitney, E. (2010). Nutrition: Concepts and Controversies 12ath Ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson Learning.
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