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The Bad News
More and more Americans have become highly sedentary. studies show that almost 40% of adults have sedentary jobs and do not engage in any leisure time physical activity. In fact in 1996, the U.S. Surgeon General declared that there was an “epidemic of inactivity,” with the resulting increase in disability and disease.
Obesity is a rapidly increasing problem in the United States and in other industrialized countries, with approximately 66% of adults overweight and 32% obese. Obesity is a condition characterized by excess body fat and is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, certain cancers, reduced life expectancy, and early death. (Pi-Sunyer, 2002)
The Good News
The benefits of being physically fit are vast.
Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.
Here’s the article from the Mayo Clinic: