What the world’s healthiest people have in common
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They get some exercise nearly every day
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s read a paper, been on the Internet, or watched TV recently: Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. People who did some type of movement most days (they elevated their heart rate for at least 3.5 hours per week) enjoyed significantly better health and had about eight more years on the planet than their couch-potato peers, according to research by the NIH. What might surprise you, however, is what counts as exercise. You don’t have to become a gym junkie or run ultramarathons. Simply walking around the block, playing tennis with friends, walking your dog, gardening, taking a scenic hike, or going on leisurely Sunday bike ride all help.
If you still battle against those exercise excuses in your head, try these strategies to help you see the enjoyment in exercising regularly.