General Article 9 proven benefits of physical activity

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Physical activity refers to all the movement we carry out throughout the day, such as doing housework, bringing in shopping, walking to work and doing exercise like playing a sport or going to the gym. Evidence continues to mount that being physically active can benefit both body and mind, as well as reducing the risk of many diseases. Here are nine proven benefits of regular physical activity.

1. Helps maintain a healthy body weight

Low physical activity can increase someone’s risk of becoming overweight or obese.  While exercising alone does not necessarily lead to weight loss, in combination with a balanced calorie-controlled diet, it can support successful weight reduction. In addition, there is evidence that regular physical activity can help maintain a healthy body weight over time. 

2. Lowers blood pressure

High blood pressure (or hypertension) is a risk factor for many diseases, particularly stroke and heart disease. Regular physical activity can increase your heart’s streng...

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