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Exercise to Reap These Benefits

Exercise to Reap These Benefits

If you're anything like our patients (and we think you are -- maybe even better looking), you know exercise is good for you. But you suspect it takes too much work. And you're not totally convinced it'll pay off, or how. In fact, you'd like to ask us a few questions. Okay, shoot.

Won't working out make me so hungry that I'll eat more calories than I burn?
Nope, just the reverse. If you're a habitual eater who rarely notices whether you're actually hungry or not, new research shows that exercise restores the sensitivity of neurons that tell you you're full. So in the long run, it can make you feel fuller, eat less, and lose more weight.

Can exercise really fend off the biggies . . . like cancer?
You bet. Staying active reduces your odds of colon, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. Breast cancer rates are at least 33% lower in women who exercise regularly; in fact, just 20 minutes of daily walking cut the rate by 38% in one study. And (this just came in) 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week reduced the threat of endometrial cancer by 34%.

Does it do anything else?
How does helping you avoid about 25 serious conditions sound? The list includes heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, depression, dementia, obesity, and erectile dysfunction. (Oh, now we've got your attention.) Are you getting the right mix of cardio, strength, and flexibility training to head off these conditions?

When is it too late to start?
Never. The minute you get moving, your body starts benefitting. And for those already on board, don't think we haven't noticed. Va-va-va-voom!

Medically reviewed in June 2018.

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