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 stroke, cancer such as breast and colon cancer, diabetes, 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.