Exercising each week has enormous health benefits:
- 2 hours of walking per week reduces heart disease risk by up to 53%.
- 3 hours of brisk walking reduces your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 42%.
- Overall mortality decreases by up to 35%.
Exercise is an 'easy win'! It is a lifestyle choice that has a huge impact on your health. Being physically active for approximately 7 hours per week decreases your risk of dying early by 40% compared to those who are active for less than 30 minutes per week.
Physical inactivity is as deadly as smoking.
Participating in regular physical activity reduces your risk of experiencing a heart attack or developing heart disease. It also helps control and prevent heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and being overweight. The benefits don't end there! If you are regularly physically active, it’s likely you will live longer, have more energy, develop stronger bones and muscles, and feel happier and more relaxed.
If you have heart disease, physical activity is important in helping you manage it.
How does exercise help?
Like all the muscles in your body, your heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise. This means it can pump more blood throughout your body and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood. How's that for efficiency!
The many benefits of exercise (ie: how it helps your heart) includes improved cholesterol and fat levels, reduced inflammation in the arteries, promoting healthy body weight, and helping to keep blood vessels flexible and open, rather than blocked and hardened due to plaque build up, resulting in high blood pressure.
Something is better than nothing! Get moving today to start reaping the benefits!
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