Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Benefits
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:25 AM

Exercise has huge benefits to people even if they’re overweight or obese.  A recent study underscores that there are significant health benefits to overweight and obese people being physically active, even if they don’t lose a pound. The study, of 334,000 Europeans over 12 years, recorded twice as many deaths due to a lack of physical activity as due to obesity.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, backs up earlier research about the value of exercise in improving health. It found that as little as a brisk, daily 20-minute walk can extend life expectancy.

Obesity carries inherent risks for conditions like heart disease, hypertension and type-2 diabetes. Lowering weight can be crucial in prevention. But, he says, “We have for way too long focused on diets.” Exercise can improve blood pressure, lower cholesterol and improve circulation in overweight people. It’s also more palatable for most people than slashing calorie intake.

Although the rate of obesity has leveled off in the U.S., nearly 69% of American adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to make realistic, long-term changes in diet and exercise regularly.  Research shows that genes can influence a person’s weight.

Source:  http://www.wsj.com/articles/weight-loss-or-not-exercise-yields-benefits-1423505611