Regular exercise is very important for your health, especially if you work in an office environment. Not getting enough exercise can cause heart disease and even some cancers. It also makes you more likely to become overweight and can lead to type II diabetes.
Try to make time to exercise every week. You don’t necessarily have to go to a gym – walking briskly for half an hour three to five times a week will get you well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Remember to start slowly and gradually increase pace and duration as you build u strength and stamina. You are never too old to start exercising! Even elderly people can improve their health and balance by doing regular mild exercises.
Some more benefits of exercise are:
* Reversing age-related muscle mass and strength deterioration
* Improving balance
* Becoming more flexible
* Preventing the risk of stroke
* Reducing high blood pressure
* Increasing self-confidence
* Decreasing stress and anxiety
Although it is safe for most people to start an exercise programme without a check-up, please double-check with your doctor if you:
* Are over 40 years old
* Have any heart or lung-related issues, arthritis, or osteoporosis
* Feel any pain, discomfort, shortness of breath, or get tired quickly when you do anything strenuous
* Are very overweight
* Are at a high-risk for developing heart disease. These risks include: high blood pressure; diabetes; smoking; high cholesterol; or a family history of heart-attacks and heart disease.
With so many good reasons to start exercising, why don’t you start today? Remember, your family is counting on you for support, so keep yourself strong for them.