Sunday, March 02, 2008

Great News In Living Longer

It's so easy to just relax and watch a little TV, but according to the Harvard School of Public Health, studies that have followed large groups of people for many years are all drawing the same conclusion: A sedentary (inactive) lifestyle increases the chances of becoming overweight and developing a number of chronic diseases. Exercise or regular physical activity helps many of the body's systems function better and keeps a host of diseases at bay. According to the US Surgeon General's report, regular physical activity:
Improves your chances of living longer and living healthier
Protects against heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
Helps protects against certain cancers, including colon and breast cancer
Helps prevent or control type 2 diabetes
Helps prevent arthritis and may help relieve pain and stiffness in people with this condition
Helps prevent the insidious loss of bone known as osteoporosis
Reduces the risk of falling among older adults
Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves mood If you already exercise on a daily basis - keep it up! If not, please consider taking a walk each day. Start off easy if you need to with a short 10 minute walk. From there, gradually increase your walking to 30 minutes a day - the results will amaze you! Your mood will improve, your energy levels will increase and you'll enjoy all of the health benefits above. Just a little effort gives you what is needed to live a long and happy life.

Mollie McCarl, trainer and owner of Fitness Spa
351 Westpark Walk
Peachtree City, GA 30269