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Why is regular exercise important?

Regular exercise is important for many reasons. People who engage in regular exercise dramatically reduce their risk of developing the following diseases: heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, breast and cervical cancer for women, prostate cancer for men, colon cancer, lung cancer, depression, osteoporosis, Sarcopenia (muscle loss), dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

Regular exercise is important because it:

  • makes muscles stronger
  • gives people energy
  • helps people think better
  • helps people feel happier
  • makes bones stronger
  • helps shrink fat cells

If people don't exercise, it can cause problems for their body later on. The heart may not work so well. The fats in the blood may build up. People who don't exercise are more likely to get type 2 diabetes. Poor heart function, fatty cells in the bloodstream and type 2 diabetes can damage the body.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.