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You may wonder what all the fuss is about exercise. Simply put, inactivity is hazardous to your health. Physical activity can help you prevent chronic disease, manage your weight, and stay mentally fit. The best news is that it's never too late to adopt a more active lifestyle.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
Health Tip of the Day

5 Old-Fashioned Exercise Tips

  • Adopt new strategies. Even 10 minutes of snow shoveling or leaf raking can knock off 50 calories.

  • See how many labor-saving devices you can avoid using.

  • Build your own low-tech exercise tools. Fill a plastic, one-gallon milk jug with water. Include that 8-pound jug in stretching and pulling exercises that call for weights.

  • Look for ways to make your environment exercise-friendly. When you're doing vigorous physical chores, play upbeat music. Research shows you'll work faster and burn more energy.

  • Learn to fidget. If you're watching TV, move around the room, stretch your arms and shoulders, and stand up during the commercials and walk around the house.