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Why Should We Eat Healthy & Exercise?

Persisting in a diet and exercise plan is easier when you know how and when you’ll reap the rewards. Eating healthy foods promotes growth and sustains life. Getting regular exercise strengthens your muscles and bones and increases your balance and flexibility. This type of lifestyle naturally controls your weight, and your risk of developing chronic illnesses decreases. Together, a nutritious diet and consistent exercise help you live a healthier, longer and more active life.

Your body needs a certain amount of dozens of food nutrients every day. Whether you consume too little, too much or the optimum amount largely determines the quality of your day-to-day health and energy levels. Consuming adequate calcium, for instance, can reduce your incidence of dental problems and bone fractures. Sufficient fiber intake increases digestive efficiency and metabolic energy levels. Daily physical activity burns off your calorie load and helps you stay at a healthy weight.

A proper weight is one characteristic of overall health. Low weight could weaken the musculoskeletal system, while overweight conditions could strain it, which could lead to more frequent back pain, muscle tears and bone fractures. Overweight conditions place stress on the heart and lungs, compromising your activity level, while daily exercise has the opposite effect. Exercise preserves your ability to perform daily activities and get around safely, particularly as you age.

A steady supply of certain food nutrients, such as vitamin C and fiber, strengthens your immune and cardiovascular systems to reduce your risk for disease. The limitation of other nutrients, such as sodium and saturated fat, protects you from high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, or clogged arteries. Generally, eating and exercising to control your weight removes a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious chronic illnesses. Good nutrition and a healthy weight make you less likely to suffer from arthritis, reproductive problems and even depression.

Your life span could depend on how well you follow your diet and fitness program. Falls and injuries from poor diet and lack of exercise might degrade your health, and nutritional deficiencies might make you susceptible to viral diseases and cancer. High blood pressure and atherosclerosis can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Maintaining your health can prevent your premature death from the three leading causes -- heart disease, cancer and stroke.

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