There is a direct correlation between physical inactivity and cardiovascular mortality, and physical inactivity is an independent risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease.Low levels of physical exercise increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases mortality.Some studies indicate that exercise may increase life expectancy and the overall quality of life.For example, climbing stairs 10 minutes, vacuuming 15 minutes, gardening 20 minutes, running 20 minutes, and walking or bicycling for transportation 25 minutes on a daily basis would together achieve about 3000 MET minutes a week.In the United States, a 1995 CDC/ACSM consensus statement and a Surgeon General's 1996 report state that every adult should participate in moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming, and household tasks, for a minimum of 30 minutes daily.'Dynamic' exercises such as steady running, tend to produce a lowering of the diastolic blood pressure during exercise, due to the improved blood flow.
Children that have more proficient motor skills early on are more inclined to being physically active, and thus tend to perform well in sports and have better fitness levels.
Persons who modify their behavior after myocardial infarction to include regular exercise have improved rates of survival.
Persons who remain sedentary have the highest risk for all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality.
A systematic review evaluated 45 studies that examined the relationship between physical activity and cancer survivorship.
According to the study results "There was consistent evidence from 27 observational studies that physical activity is associated with reduced all-cause, breast cancer–specific, and colon cancer–specific mortality".