Several studies have explored the relationship between physical activity and the overall quality of life (Sheppard 1996), which includes variables such as social, mental, and psychological well-being. Physical activity plays an essential role in quality of life. It increases energy; it promotes physical, mental, and psychological well-being; and it serves as preventive medicine, reducing the risk of developing premature health problems. These are just some of the compelling reasons to promote health and physical fitness.
The Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health (USDDHS 1996) reviews the evidence relating physical activity to reduced risks of a variety of health problems. Evidence shows that physical activity is related to a lower risk of the premature development of many health problems, such as anxiety, atherosclerosis, back pain, cancer, chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and osteoporosis.- ISSA