It burns calories to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, it lowers blood pressure, it increases cardiac output, which means more blood is pumped with each heart beat, it decreases resting heart rateso there’s less stress on your heart, and it lowers the build-up of plaque in the arteries.
Physical activity is also enjoyable, says Dr. Bob Haennel, professor and chair of physical therapy in the faculty of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta. “When you’ve done something like walking or swimming or cycling, you usually feel pretty good afterwards,” he explains.
The right activity for you
The most important thing is to find an activity that you enjoy and one that is accessible.