Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.
By exercising and becoming more active, you can improve your health. People who are not physically active are much more likely to develop health problems.
Everybody can benefit from exercising and become more physically active. This is true for everybody regardless of age, gender, or race.
This health education program discusses the benefits of being physically active. It also presents exercising options and tips.
Exercise is good for you. It helps to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Exercise also helps you to manage weight and to reduce stress. In short, exercising helps extend life and improve its quality. This section examines the benefits of exercising.
Exercising strengthens your heart and lungs. A weak heart does not pump as well as one that is conditioned. A weak heart increases the risk of heart, lung and blood vessel diseases.
Several factors can cause heart disease such as:
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
These are known as risk factors. Exercise helps to control these risk factors.
Staying physically active helps to lower the bad cholesterol levels and keep them within acceptable ranges.
- Exercise burns energy, which reduces weight and fat.
- Exercise helps people cope with stress, combat anxiety and depression, and feel relaxed.
- Regular physical activity can lower our risk of stroke.
- Regular exercise helps us feel better about our bodies. It tones the muscles. For overweight people, it helps with weight loss; for those who are not overweight, it helps prevent weight gain.
- Exercise gives us more energy by increasing our endurance. Endurance is how long we can keep exercising without getting tired.
- Exercise that can be done alone, such as jogging or swimming, gives us a chance to meditate and think about our lives without being interrupted.
- Team exercise helps us meet new friends and enhances our social life.
- Exercise improves quality of sleep.
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