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Physical Fitness

Exercise鈥攆rom gentle stretching to high-intensity training鈥攊s not only important for physical health, but Harvard experts are finding benefits for stress, memory, mood, and more.

Expert advice

Getting started

Exercise plays a key role in the physical and mental wellbeing of people of all ages. Research shows that moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and several types of cancers.

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  • Walking

    Good exercise for people just starting their routine

  • Yoga

    Perfect exercise for people looking for mind and body benefits

  • Dance

    Fun exercise for people wanting to practice their moves

  • High-intensity interval training

    Great exercise for people without a lot of time

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People with special considerations

An activity for all types

Researchers have found that exercise is not just something that should be practiced by young, healthy individuals. It is also important and beneficial for people with , people with , people who require , people who are , and even people who only have time for .

An array of benefits

Harvard researchers are discovering all the ways in which exercise .

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Small bursts can offer big changes

A study by Massachusetts General Hospital has found that 12-minute exercise bursts demonstrated an uptick in circulating metabolites, which govern insulin resistance, stress, inflammation, and longevity.

  • Brain

Exercise can improve cognition for those with Alzheimer鈥檚

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  • Joints

Reduce chronic inflammation through exercise

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  • Mood

Exercise helps to lower the risk of depression

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  • Cancer

Lack of exercise could contribute to an increased cancer risk

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  • Bones

Exercise aids in overall bone health

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  • Stress

Alleviate stress with exercise

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