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Physical Fitness Pays Off in Dollars and Health Sense

By Sandy Schroeder

America may be learning to move more as we read the reports and realize what fitness can do for us. Recently Business Insider took a no nonsense look at this issue and came up with some key reasons why physical activity is so crucial.

Your Brain Will Work Better

As you tone muscles, why not tune up your brain too? Researchers say regular exercise keeps our brain young, strengthening thinking, learning and analytical abilities. Those are all great skills to hang onto in later years.

Your Wallet Will Be Fatter

Avoiding chronic disease can keep you active as you age, and it will be a lot less expensive. Researchers tell us daily exercise can do a lot to keep our body healthy and strong as we lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The current medical cost of inactivity in the U.S. is running about 117 billion.

Life Is Just More Fun

The minute I step outside for my morning walk I can feel my mood lift. You may get the same effect with a morning run or an evening workout. Exercise helps the body release a flood of feel-good endorphins that can easily become addictive. Make it part of your day and enjoy the process.

Lower the Risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke

Regular physical activity helps lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, and cut the risk of heart disease and stroke. Strengthen your health with a 30-minute walk, run or jog. Then add some stretching and strength exercises and keep right on going.

Avoid Painful Falls and Fractures

Muscle and bone strengthening exercises and aerobics can help you protect your bones and joints as you age. Avoiding hip fractures or other bone injuries can be the difference between being mobile or not. Invest in yourself and the happiness of your future years with daily workouts.

Outrun Cancer Risks

Researchers tell us regular physical activity can lower the risk of many cancers including colon, bladder, breast, esophagus, kidney, lung, stomach and endometrium.

Cut Down on Sick Days

Scientists tell us physically active people tend to miss less work. Many companies recognize the value of fitness and support gym memberships or provide outside walking paths or workout areas.

Good Grades and Fitness Go Together

School fitness programs often help kids earn better grades, miss less school, and enjoy school more. You may see this in your kids' academics and activities. Outdoor activities also serve to get kids off of the couch and away from video games too.

As always, check with your doctor for approval before you begin new exercise routines.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex.

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