Health

Physical activity, like walking and bicycling, has numerous benefits to physical and mental health, including lowering the risk of chronic illnesses and premature death. The health benefits of regular physical activity are far-reaching: reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases; lower health care costs; and improved quality of life for people of all ages. Regular exercise provides the opportunity for health benefits for older adults such as a stronger heart, a more positive mental outlook, and an increased chance of remaining indefinitely independent, a benefit that will become increasingly important as our population ages in the coming years.