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Physical Activity: The Rewards of Fitness

Do you need to be convinced that physical activity is a good idea? Physical activity and fitness offer you all kinds of rewards. Think about your goals. Can physical activity help you achieve some of them?

A Stronger and Happier You

Even before you see the difference, you will feel the difference. Here are three ways you will benefit from more activity:

Physical fitness. You’ll have more stamina. You’ll also enjoy recreation more. And you’ll keep your strength and independence as you age.

Mental fitness. You’ll manage stress better, be less tense, think more clearly, and maybe even sleep better.

Long-term health. Your risk of some diseases may go down. This includes heart disease, osteoporosis (thinning bones), some cancers, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Will I Lose Weight?

Many of us would like to lose or keep off a few pounds. Being more active each day and building muscle can help. Here’s how:

  • Being active burns calories. You burn nearly twice as many calories just walking slowly as you do sitting.

  • Muscle burns more calories than fat. So the more muscle you build up from activity, the more calories you burn.

  • If you add more muscle, you’ll use more calories even when you’re inactive.

  • Being active helps you retain more muscle as you age. More muscle means it’ll be easier to control your weight.


Check Your Health First

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you should talk to your healthcare provider before beginning a physical activity program:

  1. Has a healthcare provider ever said you have heart trouble?

  2. Do you ever have chest pains?

  3. Do you often feel faint or have dizzy spells?

  4. Has a healthcare provider ever said your blood pressure is too high?

  5. Has a healthcare provider ever said that you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by physical activity?

  6. Do you take any prescription medications for problems such as diabetes or asthma?

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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