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Published on May 11, 2017

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Fascinating fitness facts

There's no doubt that being physically active is good for your health. Here are interesting facts about your body and why exercise is good for you.

  • Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It beats about 100,000 times per day, pumping almost 2,000 gallons of blood.
  • Regular exercise helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, two major risk factors for heart disease.
  • Most people breathe about 12 – 20 times per minute while at rest. When you exercise, you breathe more often to keep oxygen levels in your blood at appropriate levels.
  • You use 200 muscles to take a single step forward.
  • Not only is exercise good for your body, but it can also improve mental function and mood.
  • The average person walks about 7,500 steps per day. If you stick to that average step count and live to be 80 years old, you'll walk about 110,000 miles in your lifetime.
  • People who don't regularly exercise may lose up to 80 percent of their muscle strength by age 65.
  • If you can't speak a few words without taking a breath, you may be exercising too intensely.
  • Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance.
  • People who cross-train are less prone to injury than people who do the same type of exercise regularly.
  • Your metabolism stays elevated even after you are done exercising, helping you burn more calories even at rest.
  • Studies indicate that children's physical activity levels correlate closely with those of their parents.

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