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Benefits of Physical Activity

Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels (good cholesterol) and lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels (bad cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart's working capacity.

  • Lowers stress levels.
  • Improves your mood.
  • Helps you sleep better at night.
  • Gives you more energy.
  • Helps your work towards/stay at healthy weight.
  • Keeps you looking and feeling good.

Center for Disease Control Recommendations:
Physical activity for older adults
> Why it's important for people with diabetes to stay active

American Heart Association Recommendations:
> Physical activity for adults
> Getting active to control high blood pressure

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