Maybe you’ve never exercised before and you’re afraid to start. Or perhaps you’ve started an exercise program – more than once – that fell by the wayside.

However many reasons you have for not exercising, there are at least as many for you to get moving:

What you’ll get:

  • Stronger heart muscle
  • More energy
  • Stronger bones, ligaments and tendons
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased metabolism – you’ll burn calories faster!
  • Increased blood flow to all muscles, including the heart
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Improved balance
  • Improved muscle endurance for everyday activities
  • Improved diabetes management (if you have diabetes)
  • Improved mood – exercise is a natural mood-booster

What you’ll reduce:

  • Your risk for heart disease
  • Your risk for certain cancers
  • Your risk for developing diabetes
  • Body fat and body weight
  • Your resting heart rate
  • Your blood pressure
  • LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood sugar
  • Your risk for developing or worsening osteoporosis
  • Stress and its effects on your mind and body

You don’t have to run a marathon. Start slow. Any regular exercise effort can translate into some gains in your health, especially if you increase from doing almost no exercise to exercising several days per week. Remember to talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program.

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