Sometimes merely a tool for weight loss, regular physical activity is actually essential in reducing one’s risk of heart disease, avoiding injuries, feeling well mentally, staying fit, and living longer. Marcus Hiles cites the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their proof of how regular exercise is imperative in staving off heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis, regardless of one’s age (including in children). Marcus Hiles excitedly points to data from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that show how an active lifestyle adds up to five years to life expectancy. The Lancet’s studies attribute mental and social benefits, beginning with “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”

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