July 13, 2015Health News You Can Use

Benefits of Physical Exercise

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 68% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. Making the commitment to be physically active and fit through exercise is one of the best ways to prevent or combat obesity and its consequences.

The benefits of physical exercise are numerous:

  • Strengthens muscles
  • Optimizes the cardiovascular system
  • Controls bodyweight
  • Benefits mental health
  • Provides socialization

As experts in mobility and motion, physical therapists can develop a safe individualized exercise plan for you, whether your goal is to manage your weight or combat the effects of conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Below are some resources on how safely start and maintain a safe exercise program.

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This information was originally posted on the American Physical Therapy Association Website- Click here to view.