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SIX REASONS TO EXERCISE

Exercise allows you to eat more. Forget about how food tastes for a moment, and think about what it does. Food fuels our bodies. If we arc active, our bodies burn calories for energy. If we are inactive and we take in too much food, our bodies store calories as fat for future use. Conversely, the moment we burn more calories than we consume in food, we begin to burn stored fat.

Exercise makes muscle. If you're a person who likes to eat (and aren't we all) muscle is your friend. Studies have shown that muscle burns 30-50 more calories than fat tissue. So just by virtue of building more muscle, you will burn more calories and lose more fat.

Exercise protects our bones. As we age, our bones lose density. The muscle tissue surrounding our bones supports them and keeps them strong. Studies have shown that doing some weight-bearing exercise can help prevent osteoporosis.

Exercise curbs hunger. Try this, the next time you feel the urge to snack between meals, head for the track instead. You'll be cooling down at least another hour before you get the urge to eat. And in that time you can have the preparations for your healthy dinner well underway.

Exercise distracts you from eating. It's easy to turn to food when you're bored. The next time you find yourself craving an unhealthy snack, jump on your bicycle and take a ride around the park. These simple delay tactics may keep you from filling your time with food.

Exercise is fun. Think about the way you filled your day when you were a kid. Did you roller skate until the soles of your feet tingled? Did you jump rope or hula hoop until you were pooped? No one told you that you were exercising. You did these things because they were fun, and they still are. Think back to the kinds of activities you enjoyed then, and try them again now, or try something new and fun.

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