Thursday, December 30, 2010

10 Reasons to Move

Whether you're involved in sports or just want to live a more active lifestyle, physical activity pays big for just about everyone. Research has proven that moving can pay off in these and many more ways:

  1. Trim Body -- if you're physically active, you'll have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, or losing it and keeping it off. 
  2. Less Risk for Health Problems -- studies show that regular physical activity improves several health risk factors, including lowering LDL "bad cholesterol", lowering triglycerides, lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL "good cholesterol". These are all implicated in Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and some Cancers!
  3. Strong Bones -- regular, weight bearing activities (walking, running, weight lifting, skiing) help make your bones stronger, reducing your risk for fractures and osteoporosis.
  4. Strong Muscles -- strength-training just 2 times a week keeps your body strong, making it easier to move during daily activities. Don't forget your heart is a muscle too; it needs strength to pump blood and oxygen through the over 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
  5. More Endurance -- you won't tire as easily over time as you become physically active, and you'll have more stamina.
  6. Better Mental Outlook -- active people have more self-esteem, feelings of well-being, and a positive "can-do" attitude.  Read More
  7. Stress Relief & Better Sleep -- research shows that exercise helps your body relax and release emotional tension, which in turn, promotes longer, better quality sleep, and falling asleep faster.
  8. Better Coordination & Flexibility -- your body will move with greater ease and range of motion.
  9. Injury Prevention & Recovery -- when you're active, you can more easily catch yourself if you slip or trip, and more quickly move away from danger. Recovery is also aided by maintaining your doctor's recommended activity levels.
  10. Feel Younger, Longer -- research suggests that physical activity will actually slow the physical effects of aging. active people will also have more strength, mobility and fewer limitations as they age!
Just remember, moving now will help later, and it's never too late to start!

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