Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Obesity Exercise

In order to lose weight, a healthy diet must be combined with regular physical exercise. Once a person reaches a lower weight, exercise also helps maintain that weight. Thirty minutes of physical exercise each day will not only burn more calories but will lower the blood pressure and pulse. These are direct measures of cardiovascular fitness. Another benefit of exercise is a lowering of blood cholesterol levels. Those with diabetes will find their blood sugar levels easier to control when exercising.

Physical activity may include walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics, or a step aerobics program. Almost any activity that involves mild to moderate exertion is good. Anyone over 40 or with any medical conditions should plan a program with their doctor. Those with physical disabilities or another health conditions may need to learn less conventional exercises.

Motivation is the key to successful weight loss. Many people find this by joining a health club or regularly exercising with friends.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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