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Exercise your way to healthier eyes

Who doesn't want increased energy, a toned, fit body and improved health? It's no secret that exercise is the best way to get in shape and avoid serious health conditions. But you may be surprised to learn that you can actually exercise your way to healthy eyes too.

Like your heart, brain, and lungs, your eyes are impacted by how you care for your body. Regular exercise can help prevent eye conditions linked to obesity and being out of shape.

  • Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve. Simply walking 2 or 3 times a week can help lower pressure on the nerve in the eyes.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to blindness unless a regimen of the right diet and exercise is followed.
  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older1. Lowering blood pressure through a good diet and exercise may help slow the progress of AMD.

It can be challenging to add exercise into your already busy schedule, but experts say as little as 30 minutes a day can help improve circulation and reduce the risk of health conditions that can lead to eye disease.

If you don't feel motivated to get moving, try jump-starting your fitness routine by shaking it up a little. Zumba and ballroom dancing are all the rage and super fun ways to get in shape. Head outside and roller skate, bike, or go on a hike—all are great calorie burners too. If you're short on ideas, check out sites like and calorie count for tons of fitness information.

When you're tempted to slack off, or quit exercising all together, just remember how terrific you'll look and feel when you keep moving. Then, think about how precious your eyesight is—you'll probably agree it's worth working out a few minutes each day to reap the rewards of good health and great vision!