MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY : PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS: Obesity and Exercise

David P. Dillard
 

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MEDICAL: CONDITIONS: OBESITY :

PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND FITNESS:

Obesity and Exercise

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Obesity and Exercise

January 19, 2012

Written by Stacy Schmidt, M.S.

American College of Sports Medicine

https://www.acsm.org/public-information/ articles/2012/01/19/obesity-and-exercise

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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Obesity and Exercise

Jan 19, 2012

Written by Stacy Schmidt, M.S.

Obesity is a significant health problem in the United States, affecting close to one-third of all adults. Although genetics can play a role in the likelihood that a person will become obese, the condition occurs when the amount of calories consumed exceeds the amount of calories expended over a long period of time. Excess calories are stored as fat in the body, and with long-term caloric excess, an individual eventually becomes obese. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are ways in which to combat obesity.

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Benefits of Regular Exercise

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Regular exercise (and proper nutrition) can help reduce body fat as well as protect against chronic diseases associated with obesity. If you are looking for a reason to start an exercise program, listed below are five of the many benefits of regular physical activity.

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Exercise lowers risk for chronic diseases Concerned about heart disease? Regular exercise is a proven way to decrease risk for these and other chronic diseases. It will help to prevent or manage high blood pressure. It also raises high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, known as the good cholesterol, and lowers low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. This combination will decrease the amount of harmful plaques that can buildup on your artery walls and keep blood flowing smoothly. Regular exercise can also help prevent type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.

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Exercise improves your mood

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Feeling a little edgy? A quick workout will help calm you down! Exercise stimulates chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy and relaxed. It also makes you feel better about yourself and helps reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.

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Exercise helps manage weight

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Its a no-brainer. Exercise burns calories. The more you exercise, the easier it is to keep your weight under control. But remember that exercise is not a free pass to eat everything in sight! To burn 100 calories, most people need to walk or run about one mile. And one little chocolate M&M candy contains the amount of calories it would take to run or walk the length of a football field! So be sure not to overestimate the amount of calories youre burning.

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Additional Topics Covered in This Article:

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Exercise promotes better sleep

Exercise can be FUN

Starting an Exercise Program

Precautions

Integrate physical activity into daily activity


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