1) Some physical activity is better than none. Whether it’s moderate or greater amounts, physical activity can help you to maintain a healthy weight and attain a smaller waistline. But, of course, the more you engage in, the better results you will see. It’s never too late to quit being sedentary and start being physically active!
2) You don’t have to be extremely active to see results. Just switching from being completely sedentary to moderately active will reduce your mortality risk and contribute to longevity. Moderate amounts of physical activity daily can protect your heart and make it stronger, build stronger bones, increase energy, and prevent deterioration of muscles.
3)Although 20 minutes of physical activity can make a difference, aiming for more is better. The recommendation for physical activity for adults is at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity per week. Aerobic activity is the most commonly recommended form of physical activity, but strength training should also be done twice a week.
4) Long term physical activity has a positive influence on noncommunicable diseases such as obesity, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Physical activity can help to reduce the risk of these diseases and even help to prevent the onset of them.