Faculty Research at Morehead State University

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The benefits of engaging in regular physical activity are extensive and can have a profound positive effect on one’s overall health (1). Numerous recent scientific reviews (2) further underscore the important role physical activity plays in achieving optimal health and preventing noncommunicable disease. For example, physical activity reduces risk of several types of cancer (3), ischemic heart disease, ischemic stroke, heart failure, and premature mortality (4). Among older adults, physical activity can improve cognitive functioning (5), reduce the risk of fall-related injuries, and delay the loss of physical function and mobility (6). According to Healthy People 2030, the nation’s health agenda, one of the goals is to improve the health, fitness, and quality of life for people of all ages through regular physical activity (7). Among the 23 physical activity objectives are aims to increase the proportion of adults who meet current minimum guidelines for aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activity (PA-05) from current estimates of 24.0% to 28.4% and to reduce the proportion of adults who engage in no leisure-time physical activity (PA-01) from 25.4% to 21.2% by the year 2030.



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