16 more ways life is better when you’re fit

Besides the obvious advantages, like a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, these added incentives to get fit make it even more worthwhile

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Travelling is easier

1. Going to Paris? No need to figure out the Métro; you're much happier to explore on foot. (And that crème brûlée now comes with minimal guilt.)

2. Taking a flight? You'll have extra room in the seat. And since you're more flexible, you can easily tuck your legs up underneath you, and do stretches on long flights.

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Daily chores are a breeze

3. Gardening, weeding, walking the dog: You now think of this stuff as fun-and a chance to suck up some fresh air.

4. Carrying big bags of groceries is easier.

5. Reaching up to change a lightbulb while balancing on a ladder? Piece of cake.

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Life's daily indulgences

6. More muscle means you burn calories faster-so having dessert is definitely not off limits.

7. You can have more fun with your kids: roughhousing, playing Wii, bicycling- you name it.

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No more embarrassment

8. You know that lumpy back fat around your bra? Gone!

9. You'll never be asked, "So, when's the baby due?" (unless, of course, you have a due date).

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You can do activities you've always wanted to

10. Want to hike down to that waterfall? Go for it; you'll be able to make it back up easily.

11. You can join sports-loving gal pals on their teams.

12. Your shopping endurance is vastly improved: Since you don't feel the need to sit down and rest, you can hit more stores in less time.

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People notice your confidence

13. Since you're sleeping better, you're sharp and positive every day. What's next-a promotion?

14. You get compliments regularly, from friends and strangers alike.

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Saving money

15. You'll save money on OTC cold meds because your immunity is more robust.

16. More flexible? You can DIY-pedicure!

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