Why is exercise and muscle gain important?

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    Exercise provides a wide variety of health benefits, including improved cognition, mental health, blood-pressure, insulin sensitivity, body-composition, body weight, sleep, bone health, cardiorespiratory fitness, and physical function.[1] Moreover, regular exercise is associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality and an assortment of diseases (e.g., type-2-diabetes, cardiovascular-disease, certain cancers, dementia).[1] Similarly, higher levels of muscle mass are associated with improved health outcomes, such as a reduced risk of falls and all-cause mortality.[2]

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    2. ^Sedlmeier AM, Baumeister SE, Weber A, Fischer B, Thorand B, Ittermann T, Dörr M, Felix SB, Völzke H, Peters A, Leitzmann MFRelation of body fat mass and fat-free mass to total mortality: results from 7 prospective cohort studies.Am J Clin Nutr.(2021-03-11)