Viewed by many only as simply a tool for weight loss, regular physical activity plays an essential role in minimizing the risk of heart disease, avoiding injuries, maintaining mental well-being, staying fit, and living longer lives, notes Marcus Hiles. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), consistent physical activity is imperative in warding off heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, osteoporosis, and multiple forms of cancer in people of all ages, including children. Research conducted by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that living an active lifestyle can add up to five years onto life expectancy, while The Lancet’s studies showcase the mental and social benefits, including, “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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