I am often asked what the best exercise is. I answer that the best exercise is the one you will do. Afterall, there’s no point recommending an exercise if the person you’re recommending it to won’t do it.
You can’t be truly healthy without exercise and it is great for people who are dealing with circulatory problems, need help reducing cholesterol levels, or are trying to maintain healthy triglycerides.
Exercise also is just what this doctor orders when it comes to lowering blood pressure naturally. As you know, maintaining healthy blood pressure levels is one of the smartest things you can do to reduce your risk of risk for heart attack and stroke.
Two of the best forms of movement are also the most pleasant—walking and dancing. Research, including some of my own, has continued to reinforce this view.
Research has demonstrated that exercise reduces the incidence of coronary heart disease, diabetes, depression, and osteoporosis. Now we can add stroke to the list. In a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 4,065 nurses ages 40 to 65, without cardiovascular disease or cancer, completed detailed physical activity questionnaires. The surveys revealed that walking was associated with reduced risk of stroke.
If all this isn’t enough to get you off the couch, consider that if you have been relatively sedentary most of your life, you are likely to lose 30 to 40 percent of your muscle strength by the time you’re 65. By age 75, more than a quarter of American men and two-thirds of American women can’t lift a gallon of milk above their waist with one hand.
Exercise burns calories and increases body metabolic rate, which means that your body burns more calories even as you rest. So let's get moving!
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