Any amount of physical activity has been shown to improve health, even if it doesn't reach recommended levels, and exceeding the recommendations continues to provide additional health benefits. What can we do? The evidence is clear. We do need physical activity, but we don't have to call it exercise.
Why do we need to have regular exercise?
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.
Are humans designed to exercise?
Our bodies are evolved to require daily physical activity, and consequently exercise does not make our bodies work more so much as it makes them work better.
Why is exercise a basic human need?
Without regular activity, your body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function properly. It's like the old saying: you don't stop moving from growing old, you grow old from stopping moving. Exercise increases muscle strength, which in turn increases your ability to do other physical activities.
Is it OK if I never exercise?
Not getting enough physical activity can raise a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps control blood sugar (glucose), weight, and blood pressure and helps raise “good” cholesterol and lower “bad” cholesterol.
How does exercise benefit your work life?
Exercise does great things for your work life, too. Whether you're throwing a Frisbee, talking a walk or stretching in yoga class, exercise builds laser-sharp focus, improves your mood and increases productivity. Simply put, working out helps you work better.