Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Benefits of Exercise without Weight Loss

Action Speaks of Health Louder Than Weight

April 11, 2008 - By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

Exercise can shrink your waistline and reduce the belly fat shown in recent studies to be so toxic, even if you don't lose much weight.

That is the conclusion reached by exercise expert Timothy Church and colleagues in a new book, Move Yourself: The Cooper Clinic Medical Director's Guide to All the Healing Benefits of Exercise (Even a Little).

The exercisers who did the most — 60 minutes, six days a week — decreased their intra-abdominal fat by 10%, says Anne McTiernan, an internist and director of the Prevention Center at Fred Hutchinson.

Regular exercisers should realize that even "if they don't see big changes on the scales or in their measurements, they are still getting big health benefits," McTiernan says. "We saw a decrease in hormones and other factors that contribute to cancer."

Men have too much fat around their middle if their waist is 40 inches or more. For women, it's 35 inches or more, Church says.

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