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Exercise and physical fitness are vital to creating a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity can help control your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood and increase your chances of living longer.

Maintaining a healthy weight through physical activity helps to reduce high blood pressure, arthritis pain, symptoms of depression and anxiety and the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and several forms of cancer.

If you’re new to exercise or you’re not sure about becoming active, start slowly or try some moderate activities at home.

Doing some light yard work, like raking leaves or mowing the lawn, is a great way to ease yourself into adding physical activity to your day. Walking, biking or playing with your kids in the yard are all great ways to begin introducing some extra physical activity into your life.

There are plenty of ways to sneak physical activity into each day. Small changes can lead to big differences!

The Grand Valley has much to offer in the way of outdoor activities and clubs, keeping residents active. Find one that works for you!