Some people exercise for health, stress relief, or because they like it. Yet others exercise as a punishment for eating something they feel they shouldn't have, or in anticipation of a big meal. Many people don't exercise at all for a variety of reasons, including time, money, or just the fear of the getting started. Study after study shows just how immensely beneficial regular exercise and physical activity is for our bodies, regardless of weight. Each study points out that the more we move, the better off we are. Exercise lowers blood pressure and bad cholesterol, decreases our chance of getting cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It helps stroke patients recover, improves mood, and helps manage anxiety.
Every system in our bodies benefits from regular exercise and physical activity. I often hear from patients that they want to lose weight first, and THEN start to exercise to maintain a certain goal weight. While understandable, as movement can be extremely challenging prior to weight loss, think of all missed health benefits! There are so many more reasons to exercise other than weight management, the benefits are endless!