Why Exercise Matters

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Exercise can help you live a longer, healthier life because it can:

  • Keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy
  • Make you less likely to have things like diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Manage stress and improve your mood
  • Ease symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Lower your chances of heart disease
  • Manage chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes by helping with things like stamina, joint swelling, pain, and muscle strength
  • Help with balance, so you’re less likely to fall and break bones

Healthy adults should aim for 150 minutes of activity that gets your heart going and your blood pumping every week. Sure, you can do that in exercise classes. But you can also get it by brisk walking. It’s also important to do movements that work all your major muscles at least 2 days a week. Also try to do flexibility exercises 2 or 3 days a week to help with your range of motion.

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