Physical inactivity is an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease. If you do not exercise, you dramatically increase your risk of dying from a heart attack. Conversely, exercise means a healthier heart because it reduces several cardiovascular risks, including high blood pressure.
Being physically active can bolster good mental health and help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. Regular exercise can help you achieve and maintain an ideal weight, which can be important in managing many health conditions, or may just make you feel happier about your appearance.
Exercise helps strengthen bones and muscles to some degree, but weight-bearing exercise, such as running, is especially good in promoting bone density and protecting against osteoporosis (worn out bones).
Different exercises help with health niggles, such as indigestion, poor posture and sleeplessness. Physical activity can also be beneficial for a range of medical conditions, from diabetes to lower back pain.
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