Fitness: Getting and Staying Active - Why Should You Be More Active?
No matter what your
size or shape, being active:
- Makes you feel better.
- Helps you fall asleep and sleep well.
- Gives you more energy.
- Helps you think better and faster.
- Helps you handle stress.
- Makes you healthier.
- Helps you live longer.
Fitness benefits everyone. Learn about fitness in children and teens, in older adults, and during pregnancy.
Your health will thank you
The more active you are, the better your heart
works. You're less likely to get many of the diseases that can shorten your
If you already have any of these problems,
staying active may help you to have better control over them, feel better, and
Your body will thank you
Being fit includes keeping your
muscles, bones, and joints as active and healthy as possible. You can:
your muscles stronger. Lifting weights—even small ones—is a good way to do this. Weights also increase
bone density, which is especially important for older
- Stay flexible and
coordinated. Stretching will help you do this. As you become more flexible, you will find it easier to reach
things on high shelves, look under a bed, or perhaps tie your shoes. You
will also have a better sense of balance and coordination.
Your bathroom scale will thank you
Being more active burns calories.
That can help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Getting regular exercise:
- Helps your body burn more calories
even when you're resting.
- May lower your
percentage of body fat and
increase muscle strength and tone.
To find out how many calories
you burn during different activities, use this
Interactive Tool: How Many Calories Did You Burn?
You'll thank yourself
The best thing about
being active and fit is a better quality of
life. You're able to do things you
enjoy for longer periods of time, like playing with
children, gardening, dancing, or walking.