Feel better, sleep better, look better, live better. The benefits of fitness are many and each one is an absolute no-brainer. Moreover, it’s never too late to start. You don’t need to join a gym. You don’t have to hire a personal trainer. And it is not about building a body packed with rippling muscles.

There is only one muscle you need to concern yourself with: your heart. Even with moderate exercise your heart will pump more blood with every beat and when you rest it won’t have to beat as fast. It also means less plague build-up in your cardio-vascular system, which is the main ingredient for heart attacks and strokes.

But more than that, getting and maintaining fitness means that you can expect to live longer for other reasons, too. Being fit means maintaining a healthy weight and weight gain is a downward spiral to a host of life-threatening diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and various cancers. With a healthy lifestyle and plenty of exercise, many of these diseases can be prevented.

Exercise also means boosting your brainpower. Exercise means increasing the levels of the hormone, serotonin, in your brain which will improve your mental clarity. Exercise melts away stress. Exercise increased your energy levels. Exercise help you to sleep better. Exercise means improving your immune system.

Every day you and the whole family should resolve to do some sort of exercise: go for a walk, ride a bike, kick a ball around the garden with the kids, do some gardening, go out dancing.

On that subject, you should also take a closer look at your diet. A balanced diet with more fresh fruit and vegetables, less animal fats, less salt, less sugar and cutting back on the carbs isn’t a bad idea either. Remember, everything in moderation – except for your joy for life.

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