Why Everyone Should Exercise

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Mary Gardner Mrs. Putman English 12- 7th period 22 January 2013 Why Everyone Should Exercise There is no doubt that these are stressful times to live in. Whether it is school or work, everyone is under tremendous amount of pressure. Unfortunately too many people turn to bad habits to cope with daily issues. However, there are better ways to cope. Exercise is one of the most beneficial ways to maintain stress and stay healthy. Exercising plays a big role in keeping the body mentally stable. Most people would agree that exercising makes them feel better. Some people may not realize that there are scientific reasons why exercising is so beneficial. When a person exercises the blood flows faster and releases endorphins which causes the feeling of happiness and keeps stress under control (Ballantyne). Exercising can boost ones self-esteem which leads to a healthy mental state. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) late this year released its new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, calling for adults between the ages of 18 and 64 to exercise moderately (such as brisk walking or water aerobics) for at least two hours and 30 minutes weekly (Ballantyne). This is a simple way to exercise and help improve one’s health. Exercising also puts the body in excellent physical shape. Exercising just generally puts people in a better mood. Many people don’t realize how important it is to exercise. Exercising is a great way to eliminate the risk of injuries. Most people who exercise have a better immune system. When the body is healthy it fights off virus’s that could potentially harm the body. The longer, harder and more often you exercise, the greater the health benefits, including reducing the risk of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to the recommendations, which were based on a decade of scientific

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