Thursday, July 29, 2010

Myth: You only need to be physically active if you are trying to lose weight or tone your muscles.

Answer: Busted!

Physical activity has many health benefits beyond our outer appearance. Physical activity helps strengthen bones, improve heart-health, enhances our ability to perform normal daily activities, and helps control and prevent many chronic conditions. Those who perform physical activity regularly are less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure. Regular physical activity also helps prevent certain types of cancer and lessens our risk for osteoporosis. Self-esteem and self-confidence are enhanced in those who are physically active. Physical activity also helps with stress management. People of all shapes and sizes can enjoy physical activity for the many health and mental benefits.

For more information, read the following articles on some of the benefits of physical activity.

Contributor: Denise Schmitz M.A., R.D., Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extention,

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