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Maintaining a healthy weight is good for everyone. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and is part of rehabilitation for chronic disease. Regular exercise strengthens the lungs to reduce shortness of breath. It also improves the heart and muscles, and can help you feel good about yourself. Being overweight puts you at risk for many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Some people with a chronic disease have trouble losing weight. For those with lung disease excessive body weight can increase shortness of breath.

A successful exercise plan has specific goals, rewards along the way and is a fun activity. A good weight loss plan includes eating from all food groups, avoiding "fad" diets and drinking six to eight glasses of water a day. Combine exercise and healthy eating and you will lose weight and feel better.