Even if you opt for small changes, the benefits are still pretty amazing. For example, increasing your activity level can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you are currently overweight, small steps toward that goal can have an impact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that if you are overweight, reduction of 5 to 10% of your total body weight can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
In fact, you don’t even have to have a goal to lose weight, especially if you have trouble sticking to a program. Why not focus on being healthy to start and worry about the weight loss once you’ve got some healthy habits under your belt?
The great thing about moving is that just a few minutes a day can have other lasting benefits, many of which you may not even be aware of. Just some of the benefits include:2
- Enhances self-esteem
- Helps maintain flexibility as you age
- Improves joint stability
- Improves memory in elderly people
- Improves mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Increases and improves range of motion
- Maintains bone mass
- Prevents osteoporosis and fractures
- Reduces stress
- Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes