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5 Ways that Playing Sports Can Improve Your Health

Baseball TeammatesAs the kids head back to school, many will begin their fall season of sports as well. But sports aren't just for kids. There are many reasons for adults to stay active in sports for as long as they are able. Approximately 45 percent of Americans exercise to help manage the effects of stress. Whether you like the single-minded focus of running or walking, or prefer the camaraderie of a baseball or basketball team, you'll feel better if you play sports.

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AubreyInstead of looking up at her mom, Laura, she recently told someone asking about her condition, “My legs don’t work like yours. I was born this way.” That moment was one of many proud moments for Laura. Like the first time Aubrey was able to climb the stairs all by herself – even though it took 45 minutes. And the day Aubrey walked into her own room, turned on the light for the first time and said, “I did it myself, mommy!” And, most recently, using her wheelchair to win the tricycle race from the outside lane at her preschool’s Special Olympics. “I tell Aubrey all the time that she is awesome,” said Laura. “She responds, ‘No, I’m full of awesome.’

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