Friday, September 19, 2014

Physical Activity and Your Health

Last night during seminar a Professor of mine made the comment “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”  This quote stuck in my mind all night long.  As an aspiring Wellness Coach I want to help others find their passion for health and wellness. The course is called "Mapping the Mind-Body Divide" and this particular seminar was on physical activity and how it impacts our health.  It’s no big secret that working out is good for us, but it serves a purpose much more than just losing weight.  So I thought I would share some of my notes with you all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the following health benefits of physical activity: Click here for more information from the CDC's website.
  • weight control
  • reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • reduced risk/better management of diabetes
  • reduced risk of cancer
  • increased muscular strength and bone density
  • better mental health
  • increased ability to perform activities of daily living
  • less chance of falls/injury
  • increase in longevity
Additional benefits listed from Women's Health magazine include: Click here for the full article.
  • Better sleep, specifically less incidence of sleep apnea.
  • Less accumulation of fat, like triglycerides that can lead to stroke.
  • Improved blood sugar regulation, less spikes post meal.
  • Decreased hippocampus deterioration...i.e. it's good for your memory!
  • Less chance of blood clotting from prolonged sitting.

DISCLAIMER: The content on this blog,, represents the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of its author and should be taken as such…with a grain of salt.  It is for entertainment purposes only and not intended to prevent, diagnose, or cure.  Before trying any new physical activity, dietary plan, supplementation, complementary and alternative therapy, or other wellness tip please seek the guidance of a qualified professional.

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