Understanding fitness: how exercise fuels health and fights disease
We've all heard the mantra, exercise for good health. In fact, exercise, or lack of it, may be the most important factor in avoiding, or surviving and recovering from, the top three killers across developed countriesheart disease, cancer, and stroke. But few of us understand exactly how different forms of exercise workphysiologically speakingto keep us healthy and prevent or treat disease. Here, two nationally known exercise experts lead a stellar team explaining, in reader-friendly terms, what exercise does to our bodies and how it spurs beneficial biological actions.
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Historical Exercise Traditions from a Health Perspective
Cardiovascular Health Benefits
Pulmonary Health Benefits
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