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Exercise and Fitness

Scheduling time for the recommended levels of physical activity is essential to overall health. Physical activity can help control weight, reduce risk for many diseases (heart disease and some cancers), strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health, and increase your chances of living longer.

Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Aerobic activity such as brisk walking or g (More)

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    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016