Physical Fitness

If we could package the benefits of physical activity in pill form, it would be a miracle drug, yet less than half- only 44% of North Carolinians get the recommended amounts of physical activity.


There are many health benefits of physical activity.

Regular physical activity can help you:


There are three types of physical activity:

  1. Aerobic or Cardiovascular Activity: the ability of the body’s heart and lungs to supply fuel to your body during sustained physical activity. Examples of exercises that increase aerobic fitness are swimming, biking and walking.
  2. Muscle Building or Strength Building Activities: is the ability of the muscles to exert force during an activity and continue to perform without fatigue.  Examples of exercises that increase muscular strength and endurance are lifting weights and doing push-ups.
  3. Flexibility Activities: is the ability of the joints to move through a range of motion, for example reaching to get something off the top shelf or bending down to pick something up.

Click here to find out how much aerobic and strength building exercise children, adults, older adults, and healthy pregnant or postpartum women need.

Click here for a downloadable PDF fact sheet on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, Older Adults, and Children and Adolescents.

Click here information on flexibility exercises.

To learn more about our Health Education and Promotion Department, click here.