Fitness

Aerobic exercise — which is the kind of exercise that gets your heart pumping for an extended period of time — helps you feel better, look better and helps lower your risk of heart disease, as well as prostate and colorectal cancer.

Along with a heart-healthy diet, regular exercise helps you keep your body in top shape just like regular maintence keeps your car in top shape.

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Here are a few other benefits of aerobic exercise, according to the American Heart Association:

  • Improves blood circulation
  • Keeps weight under control
  • Helps in the battle to quit smoking
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels
  • Helps prevent and manage high blood pressure
  • Helps prevent bone loss
  • Boosts energy level
  • Helps manage stress
  • Releases tension
  • Promotes enthusiasm and optimism
  • Counters anxiety and depression
  • Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
  • Improves self-image
  • Increases muscle strength
  • Provides a way to share an activity with your family and friends
  • Reduces the risk of stroke by 20 to 27 percent