Prevention and lifestyle
Physical inactivity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Therefore a regular physical activity is one of the key elements that contributes to good health.
Through regular physical activity the heart becomes stronger and more resistant to fatigue.
Aerobic activity increases the oxygen demand from the body and the workload to heart and lungs, thus making blood circulation more efficient. A well-trained heart pumps a higher amount of blood without spending extra energy: 10 heartbeats less per minute mean 5,256,000 beats saved every year.
Regular and moderate physical activity:
How to reach 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day:
It is never too late to start moving, no minimum level is required to feel the benefits: a little physical activity is better than nothing. And you feel better as soon as you start being more active.
Try to increase your physical activity every week. Here is how you can start…
If you are inactive (you rarely do physical activity)
Increase the number of daily activities at the base of the pyramid by:
If you are sporadic (your physical activity is not regular)
Try to become consistent by choosing activities at the middle of the pyramid:
If you are consistent (you do physical activity at least four times a week)
Choose activities from the whole pyramid and, if you get bored:
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