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Exercise health benefits

At this time of year, the weather is getting colder and the holidays are approaching. During this busy time, it is harder to motivate yourself to exercise, especially when the nights are dark and it's cold outside. However, it is important to make the time to move. Getting regular exercise can benefit your health in many ways:

  • Strengthens your heart and lungs
  • Lowers your risk for heart disease
  • Strengthens and tones your muscles
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Helps you lose extra pounds
  • Improves sleep
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves balance
  • May help prevent certain cancers
  • May help slow bone loss

A.D.A.M.'s consumer health content takes an evidence-based approach to exercise, as per the guidelines published by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the National Institute on Aging. Check out the four new exercise articles published in our Consumer Health Multimedia Encyclopedia (also in SmartCare and SmartEngage) this month. Learn about exercising on a budget, making time to move, learning to love exercise, and giving your heart a workout, before this holiday season starts.

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