Jan 14, 2008

Tired of Being Told to Exercise?

I hope not, because it's absolutely essential to the body and health. Sure, you can sit around if you want, but it will catch up to you. My husband and I have both been trying to walk much more than we have been, and on rainy days, I even have a walk-at-home and workout DVD's that I can use in the house.

Here are some health facts listing some specific benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Helps many of the body's systems function better.
  • Keeps a host of diseases at bay
  • Improves your chances of living longer and living healthier
  • Protects against heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Helps protects against certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer
  • Helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes
  • Helps prevent arthritis and may help relieve pain and stiffness in people with this condition
  • Helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis
  • Reduces the risk of falling among older adults
  • Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood
Do you see anything in this list from a US Surgeon General's report that you need help with? If your physical condition allows you to move, please do so! Start slow and build, you'll be amazed how much further and further you can walk as the days go by!

Updated 1/21/16

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