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Health Benefits of Exercise


     Exercise is a key ingredient to good health. Those who exercise have more energy, a healthier weight, better balance and coordination and an all around better quality of life.There are numerous health benefits one gains from regular exercise, including the prevention of serious medical conditions such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers and osteoporosis. Many who already have health problems can reap massive benefits from an increased level of physical activity.
     Exercise is a term that frightens many. Many experts believe that one of the biggest hurdles facing those trying to promote exercise for better health is the link many people make between exercise and 'sweat'. Increasingly, studies are showing that short periods of "exercise" or activity throughout the day can be equally effective for better health than 30 minutes of sweat. This is vital knowledge for those who have trouble making it to the gym three times a week. Physical activity should be viewed as a part of your daily routine. Any increase in physical activity is good for your health.

Frequency of Exercise

     Exercise frequency should be for at least 30 minutes, at least 3 times per week. If weight loss or better fitness is the goal, the frequency should be more often, for longer periods. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine can be an excellent contributor to an overall fitness and weight loss goal.

Exercise for Weight Loss

     If you are working on an exercise regiment directed not only at overall health and fitness, but for weight loss as well, the frequency, intensity and duration of exercise should be greater than 30 minutes, 3 times a week. When exercising for weight loss, keep in mind that the goal is to burn calories. Although high intensity aerobic exercise, such as jogging or tennis, is excellent for burning calories, the focus should be on any aerobic exercise that can be done for a period longer than 30 minutes. For example, walking for an hour each day is an excellent way to burn calories through steady and consistent aerobic exercise. As well, it is something you can do every day with very little risk of injury. The experts agree - maintaining weight loss can rarely be accomplished without maintaining regular physical activity. Exercise is an essential ingredient in weight management, both for taking the weight off and for keeping the weight off.

The U.S. Government's Food and Nutrition Information Center offers detailed information about nutritional guidelines for Americans. The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases offers excellent resources on nutrition and other health issues.

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