Getting fit, Staying fit

Regular exercise can help you live longer and may reduce your risks for a host of diseases.

Recent studies show:

Getting a lot of physical activity in your free time is associated with a reduced risk of premature death, even when genetic disorders are factored into account.
Improving fitness appears to help men live longer following a heart attack.
Lifestyle physical activity, such as taking the stairs, playing football or jumping ropes and walking is as effective as organized gym workouts in improving fitness. Even infrequent exercise helps postmenopausal women live longer

How do you know whether or not you're fit? That depends on lots of things, such as your age, overall health, family history, exercise routines and eating habits. Of course you can’t change all these factors, but if you work on the ones you can do something about, your overall health is bound to improve. Here are some benefits of physical activity:
Helps to prevent bone loss
  1. Increases muscle tone and mass
  2. Boosts energy levels
  3. May help you manage stress and relieve tension
  4. Helps you stay fit and healthy
  5. Can help keep weight under control
  6. May help to improve blood cholesterol levels
  7. May help prevent or control high blood pressure

Physical exercise takes time and effort. This may be why it is so difficult for many to get started. It may also be the reason why some start strong and then stop steaming. Being fit does not mean you spend hours in the gym or going until you let go. Even if you can only hold 10 minutes here and 15 minutes there, every little bit counts. To be successful, your training program must be part of your daily life, just like working, cooking, swimming and eating. Let's go!

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