Americans spend most of their waking hours sitting. Sitting at a desk, watching TV, working the crossword puzzle, reading, playing video games, emailing, text messaging, and using the Internet. We don’t open the garage door, open car windows, or even hold the phone.

Regular exercise has been linked to the prevention of some 25-health problems, including stronger bones, lower blood pressure, more endurance, stronger muscles, better coordination and flexibility, improved blood sugar, stress relief, and better sleep. Find your sweet spot and get in the game, don’t just watch from the sidelines. Everyone started as a beginner, so don’t be embarrassed. Stamina improves quickly. So join a class, hire a trainer, enlist a buddy. Or go for a walk. Aim for 30 minutes a day of doing something. If you think you’re too busy, look hard into your schedule to make some time. Ten minute bouts count. You know, a good pair of sturdy shoes (with you in them) may be the secret to aging well.

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