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Exercise puts nearly every part of the human body to work, and nearly every part of the body responds to regular exercise by getting stronger and healthier.

Exercise stokes up the metabolism. The tissues become more sensitive to insulin, so blood sugar levels fall and less insulin is needed to keep sugar levels in balance. Regular exercise boosts the HDL ("good") cholesterol and lowers the LDL ("bad") cholesterol. By burning calories, exercise reduces body fat — and it's particularly good at reducing abdominal obesity, which is especially hazardous to health.

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