|Physical activity has been associated with numerous physical and psychological benefits and exercise has been considered a âmedicineâ for helping depression and anxiety, and managing stress. Physical activity has also been found to improve muscular strength, endurance, and coordination. Related to the global obesity epidemic, exercise has been viewed as a necessary way to treat overweight and obese individuals. By increasing physical activity and reducing excess body weight, medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancers can be prevented. Unfortunately, exercise taken to the extreme can have deleterious effects and can begin to resemble an addiction.
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