Physical Activity

Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Physical activity is any activity that you may do that helps to improve or maintain your physical fitness as well as your health in general.

Lifestyle factors such as the lack of physical activity are known to contribute to the development of chronic disease. Chronic disease is a health condition that lasts for a long time, usually lasting 3 months or more. The most common chronic diseases include arthritis, cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokecancer such as breast and colon cancerdiabetes, epilepsy and seizures, obesity, and oral health problems.

These diseases are burdensome and, in the past, were mostly associated with older individuals. However, because of lifestyle changes, such as the lack of physical activity, chronic diseases are now becoming more common in younger adults and leaving them with health care concerns for the rest of their lives. So, adding some form of physical activity and exercise to your everyday life is important in preventing many chronic diseases.


Physical activity can include:

  • Everyday activities. For example, walking or cycling to work or school, doing housework, gardening, doing chores around the house, or any active or manual work that you may do as part of your job.
  • Active recreational activities. This includes activities such as dancing, active play amongst children, or walking or cycling for recreation.
  • Sport. For example, running regular exercise, swimming and competitive sports such as soccer.

The Benefits of Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your healthy and stay healthy. It can help you:


How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

How to Increase Physical Activity

Getting Active

Key Health, Fitness and Exercise Tips 


My Health OC

Orange County Healthcare Agency

Orange County Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative (NuPAC)

Community Nutrition and Physical Activity Resources