Sunday, October 7, 2012

Myths and Benefits of Exercise

The following is an excerpt from Medica's newsletter, "Take Control", Fall, 2012...


No pain, no gain?  No way!  That exercise myth can be dangerous. Pain is often a sign of injury or overexertion.  Pay attention to pain and seek appropriate medical care.

Exercise is boring.  If exercise bores you, you're doing the wrong exercise.  Try different kinds of activities until you find some you enjoy.  Underwater basket weaving anyone?

Exercise is dangerous.  The benefits of exercise far outnumber risks such as muscle strains. Exercise reduces your risk for many serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Exercise will make me gain weight. It's true that muscle weighs more than fat. But using the right exercise techniques can help you shed pounds while toning your muscles.

I'll never have six-pack abs anyway. The point of exercise is not to win bodybuilding contests.  It's to make you look better and be better.

Exercise takes up too much time.  Any amount of exercise is better than none at all.  Start slowly.  For example, walk for 10 minutes in the morning, at lunch and in the evening.


On average, people who exercise live longer. An international study published in 2011 found that only 15 minutes of exercise per day may increase life expectancy.

Exercise helps you sleep.  Regular exercise can help you get to sleep and improve the quality of your sleep.  Just be careful not to exercise too close to bedtime.

Want to reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart problems, depression and some forms of cancer?  You guessed it: Exercise can help with all of these health risks and many more.

Strengthening bones is a key benefit of exercise.  Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and weight training, are especially helpful for maintaining healthy bones.

Exercise can boost your energy and self-esteem.  Far from making you tired, regular exercise can improve your stamina, mood and confidence.

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