The meteoric rise in rates of overweight and obesity among Americans in the past two decades is largely due to sedentary activities. In fact, only 45 percent of Americans get the recommended minimum amount of exercise each week (30 minutes each day, most days of the week). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most cases of cancer, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and some forms of arthritis—the so-called lifestyle diseases—are directly or indirectly …
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