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Exercise has many benefits that will help people live longer healthier and happier lives Not only is exercise healthful it also has an effect on our overall appearance and body composition which can directly influence self-esteem self-worth and level of confidence Heart disease is Americas number one killer One in four Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease accounting for more than 45 percent of deaths annually in the United States many of which are preventable The more excess body fat you have the greater your risk for heart disease Although evidence isnt clear-cut stress may be a factor for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease It has been found that exercise is the most beneficial People who exercise regularly are less likely to have high blood pressure Exercise can also affect the blood levels of cholesterol Part of the benefit of exercise comes from its direct effect on the heart The amount of work the heart has to do depends on how fast it beats and the level of blood pressure With regular exercise the heart muscle becomes stronger It is able to do the same amount of exercise at a lower heart rate and regular exercise also lowers blood pressure So the heart does not have to work as hard Exercise also improves the blood supply to the heart by stimulating the growth of branches of the coronary arteries Most kids are pretty flexible but as people get older they tend to lose their flexibility When youre flexible you can be more active without having to worry about getting sprains and strained muscles Our muscles also function as shock absorbers and serve as important balancing agents throughout our body Many of the beneficial effects of exercise on risk factors come from its effects on weight loss Brisk walking for one hour a day for five days a week burns about two-thousand calories a week Exercise combined with proper nutrition
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