The reason is simple and powerful: Physical activity can help you lose weight and keep it off. Want proof?
Combined with a better diet, increasing physical activity can lead to up to a 20% greater weight loss than just changing your diet alone.1
Physical activity is the single best predictor of who keeps weight off and who doesn’t. 2-4
And when it comes to your overall health, regular physical activity is just as important as the food you eat: It can decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some types of cancer.5
Wait, there’s more! Moving more can also improve your mood, reduce depression, boost confidence, and increase your ability to manage stress! 5, 6
You don't have to be a gym rat
Moving more doesn’t have to be about sweating for hours on the treadmill (unless that’s your thing). The fact is, if you don’t like it, and it doesn’t work into your life, you won’t do it. That’s why we encourage you to move however long you can, as often as you can. Consistency is key to success.
Every little bit counts
Start small. Find moments during the day to sit a little less and move a little more: Take the mall stairs instead of the escalator, march in place while watching TV, wrap gifts standing up—things like that.
What fits your life is what you’ll stick with. If your morning includes walking the dog plus an hour-long commute, a long jog isn’t going to happen then. See what will fit into the non-negotiable, gotta-do-it parts of your life: you could, for instance, walk the pup a bit longer or at a brisker pace, or squeeze your buttocks or abs while waiting at a stoplight.
We help you find accessible and enjoyable moves.
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2 Jakicic JM. The role of physical activity in prevention and treatment of body weight gain in adults. J Nutr. 2002 Dec;132(12):3826S-3829S.
3 Pronk NP, Wing RR. Physical activity and long-term maintenance of weight loss. Obes Res. 1994 Nov;2(6):587-99.
4 Hill JO, Wyatt HR. Role of physical activity in preventing and treating obesity. J Appl Physiol. 2005;99(2):765–770.
5 Penedo FL, Dahn JR. Exercise and well-being: a review of mental and physical health benefits associated with physical activity.
Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2005 Nov;18(2):189-93.
6 Scully D, Kremer J, Meade MM, Graham R, Dudgeon K. Physical exercise and psychological well being: a critical review.
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