Physical activity has endless benefits for the body

Jan 19, 2011

Exercise can help people reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Making the decision to regularly exercise can improve one's health and help prevent diseases, which is why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends following a healthy lifestyle.

HHS says that exercise can benefit a range of people, from children to older adults, as well as individuals with disabilities. The department notes that physical activity has quite an impact on one's present and future health.

The government says exercise may prevent heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even some forms of cancer. Taking part in aerobic exercise and muscle strength workouts is a formula that will help people maintain normal blood pressure rates and cholesterol levels.

The activities do not have to be intense right away, as HHS says all it takes is 150 minutes a week of light aerobic exercise to reduce the risk of numerous chronic diseases. Moderately intense exercise can be as simple as a brisk walk or a bike ride.

Consistent exercise may contribute to a lifestyle so healthy that people are able to save money on their life insurance premium payments.

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