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“Exercise May Be The Best Medicine”

Repeatedly, we find that exercise has a wide array of health benefits.  Still, common sense and exercise, as tolerated, needs to be applied in most situations and extremes are to be avoided.  For starters, exercise has been shown to decrease the risk of most major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, obesity and diabetes.  Yet, authors are still stumped as to the underlying reasons exercise is so beneficial to health.  According to the free radical theory, exercise should kill outright or shorten our life span; but, it doesn’t.  In fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported that some Olympic athletes live 2.8 years longer on average.  Experts found, “Those who took part in non-contact sports such as cycling, rowing and tennis enjoyed the longest life of all and boxing had the least advantage.”

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