Tell you how to keep healthy body Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Tell you how to keep healthy body  Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Tell you how to keep healthy bodyDo you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy

Do you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy

A recent study by Timothy Wessel, a physician at the University

of Florida, indicates one of the strongest risk factors for

developing heart disease is inactivity '' even more so than being

overweight. During the four-year study of 906 women, Dr. Wessel

documented those who were moderately active were less likely to

develop heart disease than sedentary women, no matter how much

they weighed. The study concluded: ''These results suggest that

fitness may be more important than overweight or obesity for

In January, the updated U.S. Dietary Guidelines strongly urged

that everyone should take part in ''at least 30 minutes of

moderate-intensity physical activity'' on most days, above

whatever activities they do at home or work. To loose weight or

to avoid gaining weight as we age, 60 minutes of daily moderate

to vigorous exercise is recommended. And those who have already

lost weight and are attempting to keep weight off need 60 to 90

A study of 9,611 adults by the University of Michigan Health

System, found that people in their 50s and 60s who participated

in daily exercise were 35 percent less likely to die within the

next eight years than their inactive couch potato counter parts.

Convinced that it''s time to add exercise to your day?

The Basics -- Make Exercise a Life Priority:

- If you''re not use to exercising, check with your doctor before

- Start slow. If 30 minutes of exercise is too much, start with

15 minutes and add a few minutes each day.

- If you don''t have time for 60 minutes of exercise, break it up

into two 30-minute sessions throughout the day.

- Schedule a specific time to exercise everyday '' then keep to

- Take part in more intense activities that can improve your

heart health, such as: running, dancing, swimming, cycling, and

- Find exercise that you enjoy. You will be more likely to

continue and improve your daily performance if you look forward

- Wear proper clothing and footwear. This has two functions.

Clothing and shoes that are suited to your activity will enhance

performance and offer the right kind of support for your body

and feet. They will also place you in a better frame of mind for

exercise. When you wear your favorite running outfit and slide

into your special running shoes, your mind says ''it''s time to

get out the door and put my feet in motion!''

- Add everyday activities to increase your overall fitness

level, such as gardening, housework, walking to the store, take

the stairs instead of the elevator, and raking leaves.

- If you feel discomfort or pain after an activity, use ice

therapy immediately to reduce swelling and numb pain. Always

have a cold pack in your freezer, ready and waiting. Most aches

and pains attributed to exercise respond well to icing and will

melt away within 24 hours after applying ice for several

20-minute sessions. Using cold therapy reduces down time,

getting you back on schedule fast. (If the pain does not lessen

within 48 hours after using ice therapy, is intense or becomes

Exercise every day''take care of your heart''live long!

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for

professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult

with your physician in the event of a serious injury

About the Author: Louise Roach: health and fitness editor,

marketing specialist, product development consultant. Helps

others find pain relief through the use of SnowPack Cold Therapy

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