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  • Exercise and the Brain: More Reasons to Keep Moving

    by Guest Blogger | Feb 29, 2016
    by Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM

     The benefits of physical activity in preventing chronic health conditions and as a therapeutic approach for people diagnosed with them are well recognized. There is a plethora of medical and scientific evidence documenting how regular physical activity can help prevent and/or treat hypertension, type 2 diabetes, abnormal blood lipids, coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, certain cancers and other conditions. The strength of this evidence has resulted in the American College of Sports Medicine and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommending that all Americans undertake a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise and that children and adolescents participate in 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity. Unfortunately, most Americans do not achieve these recommended minimum levels. To read the full article, please visit the Fit Society Page archives.

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