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The Health Benefits of Cardio (Page 4)

Why bother?

Why Bother?

Aerobic activity can have big-time health benefits. Regular exercise helps strengthen your lungs and heart. This may lead to lower blood pressure and higher "good" HDL cholesterol, and can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Regular cardio sessions also may help lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and help control blood sugar levels for people who already have type 2 diabetes. Weight-bearing aerobic exercises, such brisk walking, increase bone density (by producing a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength), making you less vulnerable to fractures as you get older. And, of course, physical activity burns calories, which can help you manage your weight.

Sold yet? Hope so. So find an activity you enjoy—walking is a great start—and get moving! You’ll be glad you did.

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