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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Why Exercise?

     Exercise has many benefits, some less well-known than others.  Keep this list handy for those times that you need a little motivation to keep moving.

1.  Decreased risk of premature death
2.  Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke
3.  Decreased risk of colon and breast cancer
4.  Decreased risk of metabolic syndrome
5.  Decreased risk and/or management of type II diabetes (adult-onset 
6.  Decreased risk and/or management of hypertension (high blood 
7.  Decreased risk of osteoporosis
8.  Decreased risk of depression
9.  Improved cholesterol levels, especially high-density lipoproteins 
      ("good" cholesterol)
10.  Improved sleep quality
11.  Improved self-esteem/sense of well-being
12.  Improved energy level
13.  Prevention of falls (through improved balance)
14.  Weight management
15.  Stress management
16.  May suppress hunger

Note:  Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.



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