Benefits of Being Physically Active

We all know that breaking a sweat on a regular basis is good for us, right?  Check out these recent stats published in Health magazine showing just how beneficial 10 to 20 minutes of daily physical activity can be…

  • 5% increase in “good” HDL cholesterol (American Heart Association)
  • 10% lower chance of dying of any kind of cancer (a recent Taiwanese study)
  • 14% decrease in coronary heart disease risk (the journal Circulation)
  • 18% reduction in your likelihood of getting breast cancer (American Cancer Society)
  • 50% lower risk of depression from job burnout (Journal of Applied Psychology)
  • 60% reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other age-related cognitive problems (the journal Stroke)

So, start today and carve out at least 20 minutes per day to get sweaty and raise your heart rate. Even breaking it up into two 10 minute sessions is beneficial. Schedule it out on the calendar, just like you would any other very important task or appointment.  You’ll burn some calories and reduce your health risk to boot!