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Exercise Benefits

Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference. No matter your age or fitness level, you can learn to use exercise as a powerful tool to feel better.

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How To Exercise

At a very basic level, physical activity means any movement of your body that uses your muscles and expends energy. One of the great things about physical activity is that there are endless possibilities and there will be an activity to suit almost everyone! It is recommended that the average adult should do between 75 and 150 minutes of exercise a week. This can be either moderate intensity exercise, such as walking, hiking or riding a bike, or it can be more vigorous activities, such as running, swimming fast, aerobics or skipping with a rope. Any activity that raises your heart rate, makes you breathe faster, and makes you feel warmer counts towards your exercise!

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Why Is It So Hard To Get People To Care About Preventing Disease?

Everyone knows the story about frogs. Drop them in hot water and they'll hop right out. But drop them in cold water and ever so slowly bring it to a boil, and they'll stay put. Humans are more like frogs than we care to admit. We too are great at jumping out of bad situations. In a crisis, we are quick to take decisive action. But just like frogs, we're slow to act when bad situations come about more slowly. When problems unfold over the course of decades, we fail to appreciate the gravity of the situation. Too often, we let the water get far too hot.

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