Regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of many health-related problems. For example, it can help to combat
obesity, it can improve your circulation, and it can help to prevent serious conditions, such as
heart attack and stroke.
You should aim to do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on at least five days a week (or more). This can be done in one session, or can be split into a number of sessions lasting at least 10 minutes.
Moderate intensity exercise is any activity that makes your
heart beat faster, and makes you at least mildly out of breath, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling.
If you have done little exercise in the past, or you are returning to exercise following a period of inactivity, before starting an exercise program you should seek advice from your doctor.
A combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight can increase your chances of developing many different conditions, such as high-
blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
disease, stroke, and osteoarthritis.
Heart disease and stroke
heart is a muscle, and like any muscle, the more you use it, the more efficient it becomes. Regular exercise will strengthen your
heart and will also help prevent many of the contributory factors that can cause
disease, such as
high blood pressure, high
cholesterol levels and
Regular exercise stimulates cells that strengthen your bones, reducing your chances of getting osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak.
Research has shown the regular exercise reduces the chances of you developing colon cancer by 50%. There is also evidence that women who regular exercise have a lower chance of developing breast cancer.
Exercise can trigger the release of a
brain chemical called serotonin, which boosts your mood, and reduces feelings of
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