Lack of Exercise Linked to Heart Failure
Low levels of physical activity, put you at risk for heart disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
People who exercise at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week had a 33 percent lower risk of heart failure than inactive people.
Exercise May Slow Memory Loss
Exercise can also reduce your risk of the disease as well as help with treatment. In a study of patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s who exercised had significantly fewer neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with the disease.
Among the participants, a walking program also led to improvements in cardio respiratory health.
In a study of seniors 60 to 80 who walked 30 to 45 minutes, three days per week, for one year increased in volume of their hippocampus by 2 percent. Higher fitness levels were also associated with a larger prefrontal cortex.
Breast Cancer Recurrence, Reduced by Exercise
In terms of cancer, exercise is also important for both prevention and treatment. In a study that examined lifestyle factors to help prevent breast cancer recurrence, exercise was on top. Those who exercise regularly reduced their risk of dying from breast cancer by 40 percent compared with those who do not exercise.
High levels of cardiorespiratory fitness in middle age also helped men survive cancer, reducing their risk of dying from lung, bowel and prostate cancer by nearly one-third.
If you have an exercise program now, good for you. If you’re looking for some motivation to get started, look at the benefits you gain from exercise. Concentrate on the rewards, such as being able to think more clearly and improving your mood. You can avoid heart disease and cancer, and weight gain.
Next, block your calendar like you would any other appointment, and JUST DO IT! The more you move the more you’ll reap the benefits and the highs that go along with it. Remember, also, that exercise is only one part of staying physically active. It is equally important to keep from being sedentary during your non-exercise time. Replace your sitting time with active movement.
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