exercise for good health

Found this in one of my old hard drives. This article was probably taken from MSN Health website; I do not have the source.
More people than ever before are spending their working lives sitting down, and their leisure time doing the same for that matter. With this in mind it's now become very important to take some exercise on regular basis if illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis are to be avoided. Exercise makes our body stronger, fitter, and more flexible. It protects our heart and bones, keeps our weight at an ideal level, helps to reduce stress, and makes us feel good too.

It doesn't matter where you do it, just do it.

Activity, on a regular basis is what's important. Experts recommend that every person gets active for at least 20-30 minutes on at least 5 days of the week. You'll know if you're doing enough because you'll feel yourself breathing a little bit harder and faster, and your pulse will be faster than usual.

It doesn't have to be the gym either. Walking, cycling, swimming, running, are all simple, accessible, and convenient ways to get a daily dose of exercise.

There are 3 Types of Exercises

Aerobic (also known as cardiovascular): Is used to build up cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Running, rowing, cycling, are examples of good aerobic good exercises, which improve the absorption of oxygen by the lungs and its delivery around the body by the heart and circulation.

Anaerobic: Is used to build up strength. Exercises are performed against resistance, e.g. weight lifting.

Stretching: Is vital for developing flexibility that protects muscles from injury. Do it safely, so it does you some good.

  • Always warm up by doing 5 - 10 minutes of light aerobic exercise such as running on the spot.
  • Stretch once the muscles are warmed up for about 5 minutes.
  • Perform your chosen exercise.
  • Cool down by doing light aerobic exercise again for 5 - 10 minutes and performing a few stretches.
  • Drink water to replace that lost during your workout.

Tips for Moving More Daily

Start with the simple stuff like:

  • Getting up to change the TV channel.
  • Using the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
  • Getting off the bus one stop earlier.
  • Walking to buy a paper rather than driving.


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