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Aerobic Exercise
Investing 30 minutes a day in aerobic exercise — such as walking, bicycling or swimming — can help you live longer and healthier. Regular aerobic exercise can:

  • Reduce health risks including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such as walking, reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Help manage chronic conditions. Aerobic exercise helps lower high blood pressure, control blood sugar and relieve chronic muscle pain. If you've had a heart attack, aerobic exercise can help prevent subsequent attacks.
  • Keep excess pounds at bay. Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise can help you lose weight — and keep it off.
  • Ward off viral illnesses. Aerobic exercise activates your immune system, which leaves you less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.
  • Keep your arteries clear. Aerobic exercise increases the concentration of high-density lipoprotein ("good") cholesterol and decreases the concentration of low-density lipoprotein ("bad") cholesterol in your blood.
  • Strengthen your heart. A stronger heart doesn't need to beat as fast and pumps blood more efficiently, which improves blood flow to all parts of your body.
  • Boost your mood. Aerobic exercise can ease the gloominess of depression and reduce the tension associated with anxiety, as well as promote relaxation.
  • Increase your stamina. Aerobic exercise may make you tired in the short term. But over the long term, you'll enjoy increased stamina and reduced fatigue.
  • Aerobic exercise keeps your muscles strong, which can help you maintain mobility as you

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