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Transcript: "Benefits of Exercise"

Margaret Richard
Host, National Institute on Aging
Exercise Video:

The immediate benefits were very apparent. I started developing muscle tone. I felt more vigorous. My balance improved. And there were benefits that... I've been in the business now about 20 years... so there were benefits that I wasn't even aware of back then, which is increasing the density of my bones, making my metabolism more efficient. Now we understand that it's more than skin deep, the advantages. But, it's also nice to look in the mirror and see that your shape is defined by your muscles rather than body fat.

I feel young. I feel wonderful when I exercise. It makes me feel vital. It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I'm doing something wonderful for myself and sometimes, even if I'm a little tired when I start working out what I look forward to is, well, the process of working out, but also the end of the workout when I feel very relaxed and I love everyone.

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