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"Being Inactive Is Really A Disease"

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(WDIV) - It's a simple fact: our bodies were made to move.

When the human body does not stay active is assumes something is wrong.

"Being inactive is really a disease state. So, if you're not moving your body at all, you're not getting any physical activity, you are in, essentially, a state of decline," said Dr. Susan Joy, of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

However, you don't have to run marathons to reap the rewards. A new study by the National Institutes of Health suggests even low levels of physical activity can add years to your life.

Researchers found people who got the recommended amount of exercise lived nearly three and 1/2 years longer than those who did not. Even people who got only 1/2 that amount of exercise added nearly two years to his or her life.

"You get a more substantial gain taking the sedentary people to low levels of activity than the moderately fit to more fit," said Joy.

So how much exercise is enough?

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