Only a moderate amount of exercise for health is required to counteract the detrimental effects of inactivity in individuals. While the harmful health effects of choosing a sedentary lifestyle can be high, beginning a moderate exercise for health plan can be beneficial at any time. Individuals who choose to incorporate a moderate exercise for health program do not require a high-intensity workout to get the benefits of exercise. A moderate exercise for health program can result in many cardiovascular health benefits.
Individuals who participate in a moderate exercise for health plan reduce the risks of developing such conditions as stroke, heart disease or diabetes. A moderate exercise for health program can reverse the negative effects of inactivity. Combining moderate exercise for health with a weight loss program can reduce high blood pressure, decrease high blood sugar, reduce high levels of triglycerides, and increase amounts of HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
Research from Duke University Medical Center shows that even a modest amount of brisk walking weekly is enough to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS), an increasingly frequent condition linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Metabolic syndrome is usually characterized by elevated levels of cholesterol, obesity and insulin resistance, which is the inability of the body to effectively metabolize carbohydrates and sugars. A combination of moderate exercise for health and weight management is necessary to address the metabolic syndrome epidemic, which is increasing in prevalence. The study appears in the December 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.
A moderate exercise for health program can consist of walking just 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Individuals who do not participate in a moderate exercise for health program and who do not change their diet can expect to gain an average of about one pound every six months, which can add up to an additional 20 pounds over a decade.
Acupuncture & Massage College is offering a health and fitness class on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm that includes yoga, meditation and qigong. For information or to register for the class call (305) 595-9500.