Getting Fit For Life
Exercise helps you keep fit and improve your strength
There are many reasons to stay fit and healthy. When you’re in good shape, you have more energy to do the things you want to do. Exercise also helps to prevent or delay some diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. As a bonus, it perks up your mood and help reduce depression.
You don’t need to buy special clothes or belong to a gym to become more active. Physical activity can and should be part of your everyday life. Find things you like to do. Go for brisk walks. Ride a bike. Dance. Work around the house. Garden. Climb stairs. Swim. Rake leaves. Try different kinds of activities that keep you moving. Look for new ways to build physical activity into your daily routine.
Four Ways to Be Active
To get all of the benefits of physical activity, try all four types of exercise – 1) endurance, 2) strength, 3) balance, and 4) flexibility.
Be sure to get at least 30 minutes of activity that makes you breathe hard on most or all days of the week. That’s called an endurance activity because it builds your energy or "staying power." You don’t have to be active for 30 minutes all at once. Ten minutes at a time is fine. Just make sure you are active for a total of 30 minutes most days.
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