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Exercise: Why Fitness Matters

Being fit improves your health. Fitness reduces your risk of health problems. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Being fit can help prevent or relieve problems including tiredness, stress, depression, back problems . . . the list goes on. Regular exercise is also key to losing excess weight and keeping it off.

A man, woman and two children out for a ride on their bikes in the park.

A Lifetime of Fitness

Fitness offers many benefits. It can help you:

  • Decrease your risk of health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

  • Manage your weight.

  • Sleep better and relieve stress.

  • Boost your energy.

But you need to continue exercising to keep these benefits. So your main goal is to make fitness a lifetime commitment. Build a fitness plan that you can stick with. Choose activities you like. Go slowly, especially when just starting out. Work up to being active 30 minutes on most days. Aim for a total of 150 or more minutes a week.

Why Be Fit?

People who are physically fit:

  • Are more alert and productive.

  • Have more energy, both physically and mentally.

  • Handle stress better.

  • Sleep better.

  • Are less prone to injury.

Online Medical Reviewer: Fowler, Blaine Alsin, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Hutchinson, Susan, MD
Last Review Date: 10/27/2011
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