How important is exercise in a person’s overall health?

Regular exercise can have great benefits to most areas of your overall health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

Before starting any new exercise routine, talk with your health care provider to decide the best option for you. Fortunately, moderate-intensity aerobic activity, which could include brisk walking or swimming, is safe for most people.

Some of the benefits the CDC states that exercise can have on overall health include:

  • Controls weight
  • Helps prevent falls for older adults
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves mood
  • Improves your ability to do daily activities
  • Increases odds of longer life
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces risk of some cancers
  • Strengthens bones and muscles

In addition to these benefits, exercise also can help improve sleep, help control depression and anxiety, improve self-image, boost energy levels, and release tension, according to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon (AHA).

For more information about how exercise is important to your overall health, talk with your doctor.

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