You don’t need to train for a marathon to get fit. But you may get a great feeling—like you’ve just won a race—by making exercise a regular part of your everyday life. When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins (en-DOR-finz) that can make you feel happier and more relaxed.
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Minnie Works It Out
In this video, Minnie has started to use exercise to improve her life—and manage her diabetes. (Diabetes is a disease in which the body can’t turn sugar in the blood into energy the cells need.) Exercise also helps control or prevent other medical conditions, including high blood pressure and obesity, a condition in which the body collects too much fat. Watch to see what Minnie learns about the value of exercise.
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After you watch the video, write down one to two sentences to describe what Minnie learned about how exercise can improve her life.