Physical activity helps prevent bone loss, increase muscle strength, and improve coordination and balance. Studies have shown that increased levels of physical activity reduce the risk of many aging-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) identifies physical inactivity as a risk factor for heart disease. Only a little more than 20% of adults meet the Physical Activity Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.
Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure. It can also improve your cholesterol levels. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity 3 to 4 times per week.
Exercise is the most underutilized medication for depression & anxiety. According to the American Psychological Association, exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being.
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