More evidence that exercise helps mind, body fitness

Still having trouble convincing some of your employees to get off the couch and into the gym? Here are two more pieces of evidence to add to your arsenal of reasons to start exercising now:

• Exercise reduces the risk of colon cancer, according to a landmark study by Harvard University. The study assessed more than 89,000 active and nonactive women over a 12-year period. Researchers collected data on body mass index, a measurement of body fat and lean muscle mass, and asked women to provide records of physical activity. The data confirmed a direct relationship between high levels of fitness and a low level of colon cancer.

• Working out not only makes you physically healthier, but it also impacts your mental fitness. Research done at the University of London examined the effect of physical activity on people’s psychological states. More than 85% of the 78 studies reviewed by reserarchers concluded that working out not only alleviates a bad mood but also enhances a good one.