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Exercise is a little simpler (in theory) than eating habits – we just know that we should do it. "It’s as important as some of the medications we take,” says Dalene Bott-Kitslaar, RN, MSN, F-CNP, of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Particularly in women age 45 and over, daily exercise is important to maintain a healthy weight and overall good health. In addition to aiding in losing weight, exercise: 

Protects against diabetes
Improves cholesterol
Boosts overall health
Reduces risk of another heart attack by 35-45 percent
Can lower stress levels
Helps with sleep issues 

Bott-Kitslaar mentions the government’s recommendation of 60-90 minutes per day, but acknowledges that can be challenging for most women. "Realistically, we can find 30 minutes a day for ourselves,” she says. "Aim for 30 minutes at least five days a week. Care for yourself so you can better care for others.” 

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