New report from Harvard Health offers tips for starting an exercise program and keeping it fresh

Published: February, 2012

Over the years, you've probably filled a number of prescriptions to help you get better or stay healthy. The most important one — which you may never have been given and can't fill at any pharmacy — is for exercise.

Exercise? It's far better than any pill or potion for lowering your risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, some forms of cancer, and other serious health problems. Exercise can ease arthritis, preserve independence, keep you trim, and improve your sleep. In short, exercise can help you feel better, look great, and live a longer, more joyful life.

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