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When you stay active, you feel better and have more energy for work and leisure time. You're more able to do the things you enjoy, like playing with children, gardening, dancing, or biking.
Staying fit helps you sleep better, handle stress better, and keep your mind sharp. It's good for your heart, lungs, bones, and joints. And it lowers your risk for heart attack, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
If you have heart problems or other health issues, or if you have not been active for a long time, check with your doctor before you start a new activity.
It's easy to spend a lot of money on sports and activities that help keep you in shape, but it's just as easy to get into shape and stay there without spending any money at all.
Remember to work on all three types of fitness: flexibility, muscle strength, and aerobic fitness.
Experts say to do either of these things:
These ordinary activities cost nothing and all count as aerobic activity:
If you need more structure for your exercise but don't want to spend money for a class, check out exercise DVDs from the library.
Try these suggestions at work:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMarch 13, 2017
Current as of: March 13, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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