(HealthDayNews) -- Many people think physical decline is an inevitable consequence of aging.
Think again, says the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. While there are some factors beyond your control, much of the physical frailty often attributed to aging is the result of an inactive, sedentary lifestyle.
Exercise protects against heart disease and other chronic conditions such as adult-onset diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, certain cancers, osteoporosis and depression.
Research also shows physical activity eases tension and reduces stress. To put it simply, exercise is one of the best ways to stay young and healthy.