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How can physical activity help me maintain my health?

Physical activity is important for everyone. The health benefits are vast, and include decreased blood pressure, improved blood sugar levels, lower triglyceride levels, less joint pain, and increased levels of energy. Physical activity lessens the risk of chronic diseases, which are responsible for five of the leading six causes of death in the United States. Just losing as little as 10 percent of your total body weight can show significant health benefits.

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