The Medical Benefits of Exercise Control Your Weight Looking to finally meet that healthy weight? Both diet and physical activity play a critical role in controlling it. Right about this time every year we start to see the New Year’s resolutions drop off. That “quick fix” that so many people were crossing their fingers for once again fell out of reach. When it comes to weight management, people vary greatly in how much physical activity they need, but everyone needs some level of it. You may need to be more active than others to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. We have a clean and roomy exercise area and we offer one on one experiences that will help propel you forward. To maintain your weight: All the major research and evidence shows that physical activity can help you maintain your weight over time. However, the exact amount of physical activity needed to do this is not clear since it varies greatly from person to person. It’s possible that you may need to do more than the average person’s exercise routine to see the same results. This is where having a trained and certified professional helping you reach your goals will come in handy. To lose weight and keep it off: Getting to and staying at a healthy weight requires both regular physical activity and a healthy eating plan. There are a lot of sources out there that all say the same thing in a slightly different font, but to see real results you need to cut out the middleman. Find the people who are qualified to write these articles and learn from them. You can find us on Facebook or call us to set up an appointment. Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. But getting at least 150 minutes a week (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity activity can put you at a lower risk for these diseases. You can reduce your risk even further with more physical activity. Regular physical activity can also lower your blood pressure and improve your cholesterol levels. The one statistic that people don’t mention enough for this is once you start to workout, it gets easier. Working to get and stay healthy gets easy and you’ll be able to handle more as time goes on. All you need to do is get started and keep moving. We can help you take that first step, just give us a call. Reduce Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which you have some combination of too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high blood sugar. Research shows that lower rates of these conditions are seen with 120 to 150 minutes (2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of at least moderate-intensity aerobic activity. And the more physical activity you do, the lower your risk will be. Already have type 2 diabetes? Have no fear, regular physical activity can help control your blood glucose levels. Some diabetics can live their life free of extra medication by just keeping their weight under control. Want to learn more about the Healthy side of Exercise? Call us and set up your first appointment today.