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The Many Benefits of Being Active

Posted Apr 14 2008 7:12pm

Physical activity, including formal and informal exercise are key to a healthy lifestyle. Not only is physical activity critical for improving your health and extending your life, but it will make you look better and feel better too. Being active significantly lowers your chances of developing potentially fatal illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. In addition, remaining active throughout your life can help you stay healthy and disability free as you age. The following is a list of proven benefits to an active lifestyle:

Reduced risk of early death
reduced risk of heart disease
Reduced risk of high blood pressure
Easier to keep weight under control
Elevated energy level
Reduced risk of depression and anxiety
Heightened sense of well being
Increased bone density/strength
Reduced risk of colon cancer
Reduced risk of diabetes
Improved balance
Reduction in cholesterol

Some examples of informal exercise: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walk the dog more than once a day, walk to your co-workers desk instead of calling them, walk during your lunch break, walk around the office every chance you get, take the long way to the restroom, park the car as far away from the front door as possible (home, office & store), pace while you’re on the phone at work and at home, do squats and lunges while you’re standing at the stove or the microwave, do calf raises while you’re standing in line. You can think of more I’m sure. Formal exercise, or exercise for a specific purpose is what I’m here for. Learn how to burn 300 calories in a workout session or learn how to work all the major muscle groups in your body for toning and strengthening.

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