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What Happens to Your Body When You Exercise?

You’ve heard that exercise is good for you, but do you know why? Find out here.

June 29, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Regular physical activity is key to building a healthy mind and body. Exercise can help you manage your weight and feel good. It can help you sleep better, deal with stress, and improve your mood and quality of life. It can also lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of getting diabetes, heart disease, dementia, many kinds of cancer, and more.

How does exercise do all of these things? Click on the image below to see what happens in your body while you work out!

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that per week, adults do at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise or 150 minutes of moderate exercise and two strength training activities. This evens out into 15–30 minutes of vigorous to moderate activity five days per week, with two days to work on your strength.

Want to get started? Reaching your fitness goals could be as easy as taking three quick walks a day.

Looking for more ways to get and stay active? Go here for fitness tips, strength-building exercises, and workouts you can do anywhere!



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“What Happens to Your Body During Exercise,” HelloHealthy. July 17, 2015.

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