Top ten reasons to get and stay fit |

Top ten reasons to get and stay fit

l. Heart disease: You can dramatically reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, a leading health threat.

2. High blood pressure: Exercise can prevent high blood pressure which can damage organs.

3. Stroke: Fitness prevents plaque buildup in the arteries, a cause of strokes.

4. Diabetes: Exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, a disease affecting 18 million Americans.

5. Blood clots: Fit people have reduced risk for blood clots.

6. Cancer: Exercise guards against breast and colon cancers.

7. Osteoporosis: Weight-bearing exercise protects bone mass, a health issue, especially for women.

8. Mental health: Exercise relieves stress, promotes a sense of well-being, and can be as effective as medication in relieving mild to moderate depression.

9. Arthritis: Moderate exercise can reduce joint swelling and arthritis pain.

10. Weight management: Regular exercise is an essential tool for maintaining a healthy weight.

Source: Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, March 2005

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