Physical activity reduces the risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Furthermore, exercise helps control body weight, decreases blood pressure, increases good cholesterol and decreases triglycerides. It strengthens muscles and helps with digestion.
Physical activity is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. It increases self esteem, decreases anxiety and helps with the quality of sleep.
When in good health, it is recommended to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day. It is not necessary for these to be consecutive minutes. One should accumulate 150 minutes of physical activity a week. It is the sum of small daily activities that make you an active person.
First, dedicate a moment in the day reserved for exercise. Then find and activity that interest you. The most important thing is for you to enjoy the activity. You can also jojn a gym club, whether it is specialised in cardiac rehabilitation or not.
Here are a few tricks to stay active:
After a cardiac event, there are several rules to follow when restarting physical activity. Take part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme. Get advice from your physician/cardiologist.
Last modified on 27/09/2010