Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sweat Yourself Smart

.....focusing only on weight loss can cut your odds of success by over half, say researchers. A better inspiration: the amazing health rewards you get by being active.

Here, more that are guaranteed to motivate. 
1. Improve Language Skills   
...Exercisers who ran just two 3-minute sprints, with a 2-minute break in between, learned new words 20% faster than those who rested, in a University of Muenster in Germany study.... 

2. Get All-Natural Pain Relief  
.....Healthy adults who did aerobic activity consistently had 25% less musculoskeletal pain than their couch-bound peers, says Stanford senior research scientist Bonnie Bruce, DrPH, MPH, RD. 

3. Be Happier at Work    
......On days staffers participated in on-site fitness activities, they reported thinking more clearly, getting more done, and interacting more effectively with colleagues. You'll be less likely to miss work due to illness, too... 

4. Feel Sexy at Any Size   
....A Pennsylvania State University study found that women ages 42 to 58 felt more attractive after 4 months of walking or yoga even if they didn't lose weight. Exercise can also put you in the mood for love by increasing blood flow .... 

5. Lower Dental Bills   
.....Al-Zahrani discovered that adults who did 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 or more times a week were 42% less likely to suffer from periodontitis, a gum disease that's more common as you get older 

6. Slash Cold Risk 33%   
.......Moderate exercise doesn't just rev your metabolism — it boosts your immune system, too, helping your body fight off cold bugs and other germs. 

7. Reach the Deep-Sleep Zone  
.....Women age 60 and older who walked or danced for at least an hour, four times a week, woke up half as often and slept an average 48 minutes more a night than sedentary women, according to a study in the journal Sleep Medicine.... 

8. Beat Bloating  
......A study from Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona suggests that mild physical activity clears gas and alleviates bloating.... 

9. See Clearly    
.....What's good for your heart is good for your eyes. An active lifestyle can cut your risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70%, according to a British Journal of Ophthalmology study of 4,000 adults.... 

10. Enjoy Instant Energy 
....University of Georgia researchers who analyzed 70 different studies concluded that moving your body increases energy and reduces fatigue. Regular exercise boosts certain fatigue-fighting brain chemicals...

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