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10 facts on physical activity

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Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body

Physically active persons:

  • improve their muscular and cardio-respiratory fitness;
  • improve their bone and functional health;
  • have lower rates of: coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression;
  • have a lower risk of falling and of hip or vertebral fractures;
  • are more likely to maintain their weight.
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