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Benefits Of Exercise

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Exercise - Why it is so critical
Health benefits of exercise can’t be emphasized enough as it has a positive impact on not just maintaining health but even more so for those with an underlying condition like diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure.

What do we mean by 'Physical Activity'?
(What are the benefits of exercise accrued from physical activities)
Physical activity simply means movement of the body that uses energy / burns some calories.

Most daily routine activities include:
  • Walking
  • Cooking
  • Briskly pushing a baby stroller
  • Climbing the stairs
  • Playing soccer
  • Light house-cleaning
  • Dancing the night away, are all good examples of being active
For true health benefits of exercise, physical activity should be moderate or vigorous and add up to at least 30 minutes a day.
 
Moderate physical activities include (All daily routine activities) + 30 minutes of the following at least five days of the week.
  • Walking briskly (about 3 1/2 miles per hour)
  • Hiking
  • Gardening/yard work
  • Dancing
  • Golf
  • Bicycling
  • Weight training
 
Vigorous physical activities include (All daily routine activities ) + 1 hour of the following 5-7 days of the week.
  • Running/jogging (5 miles per hour)
  • Bicycling
  • Swimming (laps)
  • Aerobics
  • Walking briskly
  • Heavy yard work
  • Weight lifting
  • Basketball
 
Health Benefits of Exercise – Tell me More!
The benefits of exercise are best when they increase your heart rate over a sustained period of time, so strive for 30 minutes of moderate activity at the minimum.
 
One key benefit of exercise is that it helps build stronger bones at any age. It also helps treat and prevent osteoporosis, improve muscle strength, coordination, and balance, leading to better overall health.
 
Benefits of Exercise: Why and How?
Bone is living tissue and like muscles it responds well to moderate exercise by becoming stronger. Young women and men who exercise regularly generally achieve greater peak bone mass (maximum bone density and strength) than those who do not. As bone mass peaks during the third decade of life, it is recommended that women and men older than age 20 can help prevent bone loss with regular exercise. Exercising also allows the body to maintain muscle strength, coordination, and balance, which in turn may help prevent falls and related fractures.
 
The Benefits Of Bone Building Exercise
The best exercise for your bones is the weight-bearing kind, which forces you to work against gravity. These are the activities that help build and maintain strong muscles and offer tremendous cardiovascular benefits, but they can often be hard on bones when over done.
 
Cautionary tips before exercising:
If you have an underlying health condition, e.g. heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity - or if you are over age 40, Always get your doctors permission prior to beginning any regular exercise program.
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