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Beyond Weight Loss: Exercise Benefits for Overweight People

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: There are benefits for exercise in overweight folks beyond numbers on a scale.
Air Date: 2/21/17
Duration: 11:35
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Brian Parr, PhD
Dr. Brian ParrBrian Parr, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of South Carolina Aiken where he teaches courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, and health behaviors.

He also conducts research related to physical activity and weight loss.
Exercise can be limiting and challenging for those who are overweight. However, getting active provides health benefits beyond just weight loss.

The exercise you’re doing now may not burn all the calories you hope, but it will help keep weight off long term. You’re increasing endurance, strength and flexibility. 

Your goal should progress to a weight-bearing exercise like walking. You may need to work up to it with training on a recumbent bike.

Strengthening will help improve everyday function. Exercising can help you with daily tasks, like carrying groceries and lifting your children.

You can also gain mobility. Tying your shoes and reaching items on higher shelves are examples of the flexibility gains.

Listen as Dr. Brian Parr joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share the benefits of exercise for those who are overweight that extend beyond the scale.

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