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Feeling your best helps boost your zeal for life!
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity, but three 10 minute periods of activity are almost as beneficial to your overall fitness as one 30 minute session. This is achievable! Physical activity may also help encourage you to
 spend some time outdoors. Sunlight on your skin helps your body produce Vitamin D, which brings many added health benefits.

Sill not convinced? Here are some essential reasons why physical activity is proven to boost both mental and physical health.

Physical activity boosts mental wellness.
Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger. You may not only notice a "feel good sensation" immediately following your physical activity, but most people note an improvement in general well-being as physical activity becomes a part of your routine.

Stronger immunity
It enhances your immune system and decreases the risk of developing diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Reduced risk factors
Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by as much as 4 to 9 mm Hg. That's the same reduction in blood pressure delivered by some anti-hypertensive medications. Physical activity can also boost your levels of good cholesterol.

Physical activity prolongs your optimal health.
Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, for as little as 30 minutes a day, can also...

  • Improve blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Improve blood cholesterol levels
  • Prevent and manage high blood pressure
  • Reduce coronary heart disease in women by 30 - 40 percent
  • Reduce risk of stroke by 20 percent in moderately active people and by 27 percent in highly active ones
  • Establishe good heart healthy habits in children and counters the conditions (obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, poor lifestyle habits, etc.) that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life
  • Help delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer for seniors

So why not see for yourself? Once you get over the inertia and find creative ways to fit physical activity into your life, we think you'll agree that the effort to get moving is worth it!

(Article from http://www.heart.org

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