Monday, February 29, 2016

Benefits of Physical Activity

The benefits of exercise go far beyond weight management. They also include:

·         A lower risk of anxiety and depression

·         Better sleep, and a boost to your energy, mental sharpness, and creativity

·         Lower risks for hypertension, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer

·         Greater muscle mass and bone density, fat reduction, and an improved body image

·         Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

·         Strengthens bones and muscles

·         Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult

·         Increase your chances of living longer

Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a while or if you have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis. If you want a personalized plan, your primary care provider can help get you started.

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