Benefits of Change - Physical Activity

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Benefits of Change

If you are overweight and lose 10% of your body weight through increased physical activity and healthy eating, you will achieve all sorts of health benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood pressure and stronger bones. You will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, sleep apnea, and gallstones.

There are also specific benefits to increasing physical activity (PDF) ranging from more energy to better self esteem.

MOVE!® Weight Management Program Handout (PDF)

Benefits of Regular Physical Activity

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Reviewed/Updated Date: January 2012
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. Linda Kinsinger
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Sophia Hurley
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Rose Mary Pries, Dr. Pam Hebert

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

Eat more often to lose weight! Eating five or six small meals a day is healthier and more conducive to losing weight than three large meals. If you are trying to lose weight, take the amount of food you would normally eat at three meals and divide it in half and portion it out in five small meals throughout the day. Smaller portions eaten throughout the day not only prevent binge eating, it also speeds up your metabolism and helps you burn calories more efficiently over a longer period of time.

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