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Benefits of Leading an Active Lifestyle

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Benefits of Leading an Active Lifestyle

Health Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

Whether you train like a professional athlete or workout just to stay in shape, staying physically active throughout your life supports various areas of your health. The health experts at St. John’s outline some of the many ways that getting up and getting active can bolster your health for years to come.

Lowered Risk of Disease

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American adults, making it important to do what you can to support your heart health. Getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week can help to manage your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, effectively reducing your risk of heart-related health issues.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes happens when your body isn't able to make or use insulin well, resulting in higher levels of glucose in your blood. More often than not, people who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes already have prediabetes. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. By staying active, you can keep your blood sugar levels under control, preventing this condition's progression or reversing it altogether.

Certain Cancers

Staying physically active can help to minimize your risk of developing many chronic health conditions, including certain types of cancer. Leading a physically active lifestyle can help to reduce your risk for developing the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Supporting Your Musculoskeletal Health

As you continue to age, it becomes increasingly important to protect your musculoskeletal health. Your bones, joints, and muscles help you move and perform everyday activities that help you maintain your independence and quality of life. Incorporating aerobic exercise and strength-training into your routine can help protect your orthopedic health into your golden years.


Staying active as you age may help to prevent the following orthopedic issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

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