Monday, May 31, 2010

Not Exercising May Be Worse than Being Overweight

Source: (Summary by NIM)

If you're a healthy weight and you're happy with your body, you may not think you need to exercise. What's more, you probably think you're not at risk of disease because you're not carrying around all those excess pounds. Unfortunately, according to experts, that is not the case.

Physical activity does more than just help us lose weight. But since it does burn calories, we have to eat more food to compensate if we want to maintain our current weights - so not only do we give our hearts, lungs and muscles a good work out, we also get to eat more food and in turn, get more nutrients into our bodies. More nutrients in your body means more antioxidants and disease-fighting compounds that can help keep you healthy.

People who are not physically active are at a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and mental health issues. Not to mention, it's more worthwhile for the government to keep people healthy instead of spending billions of dollars repairing the damage of poor lifestyle choices.

All it takes is 30 minutes of physical activity each day - a stroll, walking the dog, cleaning the house, doing some gardening - to help keep your body healthy.

Find out more by reading the article called "Lack of exercise 'worse for health than being obese'" from the telegraph (May 26, 2010).