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When you think of leading risk factors for mortality in the world, what do you think? Lack of access to healthcare? Dirty water? Undernutrition? If so, it might surprise you to find out that physical inactivity is fourth on the list! (It follows high blood pressure, tobacco use, and high blood glucose.)

Our bodies were meant to move. They need to move. Getting regular physical activity has benefits for your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Check out these incredible benefits of exercise:

  • It counters stress
  • It slows down the aging process
  • It improves depression (as much as antidepressant drugs!)
  • It helps you learn
  • It boosts your self-esteem and body image
  • It prevents cognitive decline
  • It increases your lifespan
  • It improves your skin
  • It makes your heart work better
  • It helps balance your blood sugar
  • It makes you better at burning fat

The good news is that you don’t need a gym membership, fancy equipment, or even a specific amount of time set aside in your day to get active. You can exercise while you work, shop, and generally go about your daily activities. Of course, if you can get to the gym or participate in regular exercise programs, that’s even better. But for starters, choose from the list below and aim for 30 total minutes daily (it’s fine to break that into three 10-minute chunks!)