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Exercise and Physical Fitness

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help

 •Control your weight

 •Lower your risk of heart disease

 •Lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome

 •Lower your risk of some cancers

 •Strengthen your bones and muscles

 •Improve your mental health and mood

 •Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you're an older adult

 •Increase your chances of living longer

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first. But even ten minutes at a time is fine. The key is to find the right exercise for you. It should be fun and should match your abilities. Source:  MedlinePlus

Sports Fitness

Sports can be a great way to get in shape or stay that way. Having a specific goal can be a great motivator. Physically, you need strength and endurance. Your training will vary with your sport. You would not train the same way for pole vaulting as for swimming. You might, however, cross train. Cross training simply means that you include a variety of fitness activities in your program. Research shows tt cross training builds stronger bones.

Remember to listen to your body. If you frequently feel exhausted or you are in pain, you may be overdoing it. Injuries can be the result. And be sure that you use your body and your equipment safely. What you eat and drink is also important. Water is the most important nutrient for active people. Drink it before, during and after workouts.  Source: MedlinePlus

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