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Physical activity is essential

Physical activity and exercise can improve your health and lessen your risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have both immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular physical activity can boost your general well-being.

These advantages can be obtained by exercising for at least 30 minutes per day.

The advantages of regular physical activity

You may reduce your risks of having a heart attack if you engage in regular physical activity.

  • improve your weight-management skills.

  • have decreased cholesterol levels in their blood

  • reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some malignancies

  • have reduced blood pressure

  • have stronger bones, muscles, and joints, and are less likely to develop osteoporosis

  • reduce your chances of falling

  • recover more quickly from hospitalization or bed rest

  • feel better – with more energy, a better mood, more relaxation, and better sleep

A better mental condition

Exercise has been shown in several studies to help with depression. There are various hypotheses regarding how exercise can help depressed people:

  • Exercise can help you filter out negative thoughts and divert you from your daily troubles.

  • Exercising with others promotes social engagement.

  • Increased fitness may enhance your mood and sleep patterns.

  • Exercise may also alter the levels of brain chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins, and stress hormones.

Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day

Health doctors and academics recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, if not all, days to maintain health and lower your risk of health problems.

Methods for increasing physical activity

Small modifications throughout the day, such as walking or cycling instead of driving, getting off a tram, rail, or bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way, or taking the children to school, can lead to increases in daily activity.

Consult your doctor beforehand

Before beginning your physical activity program, consult your doctor if:

  • You are over the age of 45.

  • Physical exertion produces chest pain.

  • You frequently faint or experience severe dizziness.

  • Moderate physical exercise causes shortness of breath.

  • You are more prone to developing heart disease.

  • you suspect you have heart disease or have heart difficulties

  • You are expecting a child.