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Be Well Illinois is dedicated to helping you get more active and learn more about the impact of physical fitness on your overall health. Find new ways to get motivated and fit exercise into your daily life or learn how to exercise properly and change your workouts up a bit. Fitness helps to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness, and supports positive interactions.

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Exercise and Heart Health

Regular exercise is important for all adults to keep their muscles strong and flexible and is key for a healthy heart. Physical activity and exercise not only helps to prevent your risk of heart attack and heart disease but it can also help you improve and manage already developed heart conditions.

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Exercise and Cervical Cancer

According to the first U.S. case-controlled study (that has been published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease), women who do not engage in regular physical activity have an increased risk of developing cervical cancer.

Winterize Your Exercise, Indoors and Out

Has old man winter blown away some of your exercise motivation? Even though it’s cold outside, your muscles still need to feel the burn. Beat midwinter workout blahs by switching things up.

Ways that Exercise Helps Alzheimer’s Disease

Physical exercise has long been touted as a way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In recent years, a growing body of evidence suggests that exercise may also benefit those living with the disease.

How Can Exercise Improve Oral Health?

Exercise has so many documented benefits, including its ability to lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer but research indicates it can also boost oral health.

Walking: Trim Your Waistline, Improve Your Health

Can you really walk your way to fitness? You bet, get started today. Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

Men: Exercise Can Do a Lot More For You Than Build Muscle

Along with other healthy lifestyle choices, the right kinds of physical activity can help prevent health threats. Aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, running or biking strengthens your heart and lowers your blood pressure. You should aim for

Why Exercise Helps Maintain Mental Health

Being healthy is not just about a certain size jeans, a scale victory or avoiding health issues like diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. It’s about maintaining both mental and physical health, exercise can help in both areas.

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Exercising and Stress

Stress - it affects everyone. It can even be a good thing in small doses. Normal everyday stress can give us that rush of energy when we need it most. However, our bodies aren’t made to be in high alert mode constantly.

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Exercising After Colorectal Cancer

With the wide array of cancer treatments used to treat colorectal cancer, many survivors are left dealing with side effects that could last months or years. These side effects could potentially be lessened with regular exercise

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The Yoga Heart Connection

Exercise that revs up your heart rate isn’t the only kind of physical activity that can help prevent or manage heart disease. The calming exercise of yoga is good for the heart, too.

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Cardio vs. Strength Training

Regular exercise is more than just good for you, it’s a powerful way to improve your physical and mental health. Most types of exercise fall into one of two categories: cardiovascular exercise and strength training.

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Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

During the holiday season, the already challenging endeavor of making time for fitness becomes even more difficult. From Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year’s, it is very easy to overindulge in holiday goodies and neglect your fitness goals.

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Exercise and People with Alzheimer’s

Learn about the different exercises that are appropriate and safe for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Who Exercise May Live Longer

Doing the minimum amount of recommended exercise per week, 2.5 hours, both before and after being diagnosed with breast cancer with a high risk of recurrence is linked to better survival and a lower risk of recurrence.

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Physical Activity Before & After Cancer

Early detection of cancer and its effective management have considerably improved. However, cancer and its treatment have physical, psycho-physical, and psychological adverse effects.

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Exercise for Caregivers

Sometimes it’s easier for caregivers to put their own health on the back burner while they’re providing care for someone else. Yet it’s incredibly important to put time and effort into taking care of yourself.

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Family Fitness Plan

The best way to achieve fitness goals for the whole family is to make them together, commit to them together, and do them together, while supporting one another.

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Physical Activity and Men

There is an increasing focus on the benefits of physical activity. It is important for both physical and and mental health.

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Exercising with Asthma

Even if you have asthma, you shouldn’t avoid exercise all together. Regular physical activity is essential for managing health and improving & reducing the risk of chronic disease.

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Benefits of Yoga

Yoga offers physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and lower your heart rate.

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Exercise & Colorectal Cancer Treatment

The side effects of treatment may leave you feeling low in energy, but the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) stress the importance of moderate activity during cancer treatment.

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Heart Healthy Exercises

Being physically active is a major step toward heart health by strengthening the heart, keeping your weight under control and warding off the artery damage from high cholesterol, high blood sugar and blood pressure that can lead to heart attack or stroke.

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Staying Active During the Winter Months

Despite the cold and snowy weather, you can remain active during the winter season. Wellness in the winter is essential for optimal overall health.