Physical Inactivity – A Major Risk Factor for Life Style Diseases

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Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Physical Inactivity has been linked to cardiovascular mortality. It is also a major risk factor for other life style diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and the diseases associated with smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. Regular exercise or physical activity is significantly important for the health and well being of children, adults and old adults. Even among frail and very old adults, mobility and functioning can be improved through physical activity.

Regular exercises such as brisk walking, jogging, running, hiking, stair climbing, swimming, playing, bicycling and rowing improves endurance and ultimately account for the overall physical and mental fitness. Research has demonstrated that virtually all individuals can benefit from regular physical activity, whether they participate in vigorous exercise or some type of moderate health enhancing physical activity.

Many studies notify that physical activity of both, moderate and vigorous intensity has been associated with a range of beneficial health outcomes, which include reduced risk of dying prematurely from heart disease or stroke, developing some forms of cancers (colon, prostate, lung, breast and endometrial), developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Regular physical activity can help control blood lipid abnormalities, diabetes, obesity and it has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality from several chron

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