If you're overweight, you may feel defeated at the mere thought of exercise. But new research shows that a little sweat brings hefty benefits, no matter your size.
Higher quality of life. For volunteers carrying an extra 100 pounds, just an hour of exercise a week was enough to make life easier -- helping with tasks like tying shoes and getting up from a chair. The payoff came even without weight loss, say the Duke University Medical Center researchers. Men also reported that their work and sex lives improved.
Lower cancer risk. Regular workouts cut the risk of endometrial cancer by 22 percent for overweight and obese women, says an American Cancer society study. All it took: easy-to-moderate walking for 30 to 45 minutes a day or similar amounts of activities such as biking and aerobics.
From: Reader's Digest - February 2009