I love watching our daughter run and play. A desire to run, do cartwheels, splash in the pool and be active comes naturally to most children, but as time passes many of us seem to have less interest in physical activity. We mature, have injuries, become busier, and our activities frequently become more sedentary. Physical activity can start to look more like work than fun. However regular physical activity is a key element to being healthy. Becoming sedentary contributes to weight gain and increases in blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It also puts us at risk for other health issues, like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Physical activity is one part of recommended treatment for insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Keeping fit may also decrease our risk of dementia as we age.
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