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Exercise: Why Fitness Matters

Being fit improves your health. 

A man, woman, and 2 children out for a ride on their bikes in the park.

A lifetime of fitness offers many benefits like:

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

  • Managing your weight.

  • Helping you sleep better.

  • Preventing or relieving stress, depression, and back problems

  • Boosting your energy.

You need to continue exercising to keep these benefits. 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: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Topiwala. Shehzad. MD
Last Review Date: 5/9/2015
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