Health Tip: Why Exercise?

(HealthDay News) -- Exercise helps more than just the waistline, and should be a part of every healthy person's life, the National Library of Medicine says.

According to the agency, exercise:

  • Helps control your weight.

  • Reduces your risk of heart disease by strengthening the heart and improving your circulation.

  • Helps lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels.

  • Helps your body manage blood sugar and insulin, reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  • May make it easier toquit smokingby reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

  • Improves mental health and mood.

  • Strengthens your bones and muscles.

  • Helps improve sleep.

  • Increases your chances of living longer.