There is nothing more frustrating than exercising to lose weight to get healthier...but the scale doesn't budge. Don't throw in the towel. Regardless of whether or not you lose weight, one long term study reveals that overweight people who exercise versus their sedentary counterparts are significantly healthier. Science Daily cited a study published in the European Heart Journal that included over 43,000 participants between 1979 to 2003. Of those participants, 46% were considered metabolically healthy. In other words, they weren't afflicted with metabolic concerns that commonly affect people who are overweight, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and uncontrolled blood glucose levels.
One of the authors of the study, Dr. Francisco Ortega , said "Our study suggests that metabolically healthy but obese people have a better fitness level than the rest of obese individuals. Based on the data that our group and others have collected over years, we believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people. In our study, we measure fitness, which is largely influenced by exercise."
The bottom line: exercise has a medicinal effect. If you're overweight or obese and working out, keep at it. Eventually the weight will come off. To get more tips on weight loss, here are five big weight loss obstacles. Of course, there are exceptions and this study is no reason to slow down your activity or assume that you're healthy just because you're exercising. But it looks like working up a sweat helps a vast majority of us keep up with a cleaner bill of health. If you're currently overweight or obese, it's never too late to start exercising. You'll be amazed at how great you can feel by doing as little as 30 minutes of heart-raising activity most days of the week.
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