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The Benefits

People of all ages benefit from physical activity. It doesn’t matter how out-of-shape you feel or how long you have been inactive.

Physical activity increases your chances of living longer. Exercise can help you control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and your weight. It can help raise your “good” cholesterol. It can also help prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

And that’s not all. Getting more active can:

  • Be fun
  • Help you look your best
  • Improve your sleep
  • Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger
  • Lower your chances of becoming depressed
  • Reduce falls and arthritis pain
  • Help you feel better about yourself
Start Today: Small Steps
  • Walk the dog – or just walk around your neighborhood.
  • Do sit-ups and push-ups while you are watching TV tonight.
  • Make an exercise plan for next week – and write it on your calendar.
  • Try these simple strength and balance activities. External Link

Learn how getting more active can help reduce your risk of heart disease; overweight and obesity; osteoporosis; and colorectal cancer.

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