We all have to go one day, but in some cases you can forestall it with something as simple as exercise. Yes, we may work out when we want to lose a few pounds, but if done regularly – you can actually extend your life by warding off many common diseases. Research supports that lack of exercise has major adverse health affects.

Here is a list of diseases that you can prevent with exercise:

Coronary heart disease: This is the leading cause of death for both men and women and can show up without obvious symptoms. You should engage in regular cardiovascular exercise and consume a diet low in sodium and saturated fats.

Stroke: A stroke is characterized when there is a problem with the blood supply to the brain. These cells could be permanently damaged if cut off too long and eventually result in death. Exercising regularly could prevent this along with reducing cholesterol levels and keeping your blood pressure in check.

Diabetes: Most people think that diabetes is a hit or miss, but it’s actually preventable with exercise (and diet). Stay as active as possible, in particular, doing high cardio exercise and stretching.

Depression: Depression is a major cause of death that many people don’t talk about. Depression can lead to self destructive behaviors that eventually lead to death. So, the issue shouldn’t be taken lightly. Exercise and physical activity is a great way to reduce depression. Getting out into the sun and soaking up vitamin D will reduce depression substantially.

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