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When it comes to exercise, the slogan “no pain, no gain” is a myth. In reality the opposite is true, for when you exercise, you increase the “gain” and decrease the “pain.”

This has been demonstrated in study after study. In 2001 Dr. Frank Hu and his colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that the risk of a heart attack for women with diabetes was 44 percent lower in those individuals who were the most active as compared to those who exercised the least. This same study revealed a 40 percent lower risk for stroke. Brisk walking at approximately three-and-a-half miles per hour has been shown to be the most protective for health.1

If you cringe at the thought of traditional ways to exercise, such as using a treadmill or a stationary bicycle, why not opt for an activity you enjoy, such as playing with your grandchildren or window-shopping at the local mall. While you are out shopping, park in a spot at the far edge of the parking lot.

Or give your dog the best of all: your companionship on a daily walk as you enhance your pet’s health as well as your own.

1 Tim Arnott, M.D., 24 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Health, pp. 6, 7.

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By Gordon Botting. Portion reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, September 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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