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Exercise and You

Exercise is one of the last things that most people want to do, but when one considers the benefits of regular exercise, it often becomes a very important part of their daily life. One thing that people don’t realize is there is more to exercise than weight loss, toned abs and strong muscles. In fact, research shows that regular exercise and a fit body leads to a happier lifestyle and makes you smarter!
Benefits of Regular Exercise

Aside from weight loss, toned muscles, happiness and intelligence, what else can regular exercise offer us? As you may well know, obesity is the cause of many diseases. The more you weigh, the more you are at risk for developing diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart attack. Here are some benefits of regular exercise:

  • Maintain a healthy, proportionate weight.
  • Live a longer life and reduce your chance of dying prematurely.
  • Feel better overall with an improved mood and higher energy levels.
  • Delay the onset and possibly even prevent diabetes.
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
  • Reduce your risk of colon cancer development, anxiety and depression.
  • Build and maintain healthy joints, muscles and bones.
  • Reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.

Various Types of Exercise

As long as you are partaking in physical activity, you are exercising. You are even exercising when you are gardening or doing housework. For that matter, talking and smiling are even considered calorie-burning exercises, although you won’t burn enough to lose weight and get healthier! The point is that even small physical activities burn calories and you can have fun in the process.

Yoga on the beach
Here are some great ways to exercise:
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Dancing
  • Running
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Swimming
  • Bicycling

Remember, you aren’t exercising and staying fit so that you can look good (although that’s always a bonus); you are partaking in physical activity because it improves your health and makes you feel good. With 1,440 minutes in every single day, you can surely find time to schedule exercise for 30 to 40 of those either on your own or with one of MWR’s programs, such as Sports and Fitness or Outdoor Recreation. And know that it is okay to start out small and slow and work your way up!

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