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Greater Shelby Chamber of Commerce

Welcome New Members (As of March 25, 2014)

Alabama Law Services, LLC

Justin Smitherman

4685 Highway 17, Suite D, Helena


Cannon Confidential Investigations, LLC

Cris Cannon

P.O. Box 314, Wilsonville

Investigative Services

Gina H. McDonald & Associates, LLC

Gina McDonald

2057 Valleydale Rd., Ste 200, Hoover


MedSouth Family Care

Mary Frey

201 Doug Baker Blvd., Hoover


Nicole Carroll

5901 Hwy 52 East, Helena

Direct Mail Marketing

North Shelby Dental Studio

Shannon Martin

2000 Southlake Park, Ste 250, Hoover


Parc at Cahaba River

Misty Ford

50 Cahaba River Parc, Birmingham

Apartments & Leasing

Perlis Photography

Melissa Perlis

1126 9th Avenue SW, Alabaster

Photography Services

Story Automotive, LLC

Dave Story

101 Glengerry Dr., Pelham

Automotive Dealer

Physical Activity: Benefits Now and Later By Deborah D. Brock, DPT, Physical Therapist, Healthsouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital and Peyton Fandel, SPT, University of Mississippi Medical Center Many of us have looked in the mirror or tried to squeeze into a pair of jeans at some point and said, “I have GOT to lose weight!” While physical appearance is one reason to exercise, the benefits of physical activity in the short- and long-term are far greater than just looking good. In the short term, physical activity helps individuals maintain a healthy weight and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. There’s a financial benefit too. A study performed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention revealed that medical costs for active people are lower on average

than those for their inactive peers. Long-term benefits of exercise include reducing health risks and strengthening bones and joints. Research shows that physical activity reduces the risk of acquiring health conditions including heart disease and heart attacks, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity. Physical activity also plays an important role in building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Active older individuals have a reduced risk of falling and breaking bones, and generally will have a higher level of functional mobility than their sedentary counterparts. Women, especially, can make a significant impact on their later quality of life by participating in resistance exercises (using weights or rubber bands), which

help build bone density, the “strength” or amount of minerals packed into bone tissue. This begins to decrease in adulthood and declines more rapidly after menopause. Osteoporosis, or low bone density, can result in hip, wrist, or back fractures leading to reduced mobility. Resistance exercises combat the agerelated reduction in bone density and help to prevent bone fractures. It’s never too late to start! No matter your age, you can achieve benefits from an active lifestyle. Of course, the younger you are when you start, the greater the cumulative effect of those benefits. But elderly individuals can see improvements in balance and ability to get around, reduce their fall risk, and lessen feelings of depression, making the effort worthwhile.

How should I begin? The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five days a week, but it doesn’t have to happen all at one time. For example, you can do three 10-minute bouts of exercise during the course of a day. The main goal is to increase your heart rate so that you feel mildly short of breath during the activity. It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor when starting an exercise plan, especially if you have any health conditions. Now let’s all get moving so we can have a better life both now and later!

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Medical General

Shelby Living May 2014  
Shelby Living May 2014