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.
say to do either of these things:
These ordinary activities cost nothing and all count as
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.
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
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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Last modified on: 8 September 2017