Exercise is the keyword to prevent stroke, heart disease and some types of cancer. There is no need to go to a gym and sweat for an hour. 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity done on most of the days of a week is enough. The advances in technology like automatic doors, lift and e-commerce contribute to obesity and its related diseases.
Experts recommend that by burning ten extra calories a day we can lose half a kilo in a year. If we burn 150 calories a day, which can be acquired by a 30 minute walk, we can lose 5 kilos in a year. If we can also eat 150 calories less a day we can lose another 5 kilos in a year.
Expanding waist lines, junk food diet and inactivity lead to diabetes. With proper diet and regular activity diabetes can be controlled. In diabetics the blood glucose level is not properly maintained by the hormone, insulin. When we exercise, the body fuels the activity by taking glucose out of our blood to use it for energy.
Exercise combined with a good diet can reduce blood pressure; raise the level of good, HDL, cholesterol and lower the level of bad, LDL, cholesterol. This helps in improving our heart health.
Research shows that physical activity exerts a “feel good” effect that can work as a powerful treatment for depression.
For those of us suffering from arthritis, exercise can reduce pain by keeping the joints flexible and the muscle around the joints strong.
Experts found that the least fit men and women’s cancer death rate was more than fit men and women.
So choose to move. Stop thinking of exercise as a workout, think of it as a way to free our body from the confines of its workaday routine.