The Importance Of Exercise – It’s What You Don’t Do That Kills You

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The CDC recommends that an adult gets 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week coupled with 2 or more days of weight training and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups.

Exercise reaps many health benefits:

1. According to the American Heart Association, those who are physically inactive have between 1.5 and 2.4 times the risk of developing coronary heart disease, comparable to that observed for high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Photo from: Huffington post

Photo from: Huffington post

2. People with an active lifestyle have a higher VO2 max, the maximum capacity of oxygen use, which correlates to better fitness. It also allows for a quicker sweat response, which helps to cool down the body during exercise and is crucial for releasing stored toxins.

3. Those who exercise regularly have a 60% lower risk of cognitive impairment and 40% reduced risk of developing dementia.

4. The life expectancy for exercisers is 4 years longer than those with a sedentary lifestyle.

5. Physical inactivity affects at least 20 of the most deadly chronic disorders.

6. Because of increased muscle mass, the average daily caloric need for active lifestyles is 400 calories more, which prevents unhealthy weight gain and improves metabolism.

7. The average resting heart rate for a sedentary person is 60-80 beats per minute, whereas a fit person averages 40-60 beats per minute.

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