Introduction to Exercise

It’s risky to be a couch potato! A sedentary lifestyle substantially increases your risk of certain serious illnesses, saps energy and vitality from your life, and makes it all but certain that you’ll gain weight over time.

Illnesses associated with inactivity include:

Heart Disease. Inactivity is associated with elevated levels of fat (triglycerides) and cholesterol in your blood and with high blood pressure and obesity. Blood chemistry and pressure problems, in turn, increase the risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer.

Exercise — In The News
Health Tip: Pick Up a Jump Rope For Fitness

(HealthDay News) -- Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular exercise, and it can be a lot of fun to pick one up and blow off steam. The American Council on Exercise offers these guidelines: Hold the handles nearest the end of the rope with a light grip. Tuck... Read More

Health Tip: Build a Fitness Support System

(HealthDay News) -- A strong support system can help you stay motivated as you work toward your health and fitness goals. The American Council on Exercise offers this advice: Communicate with your partner and other loved ones about your commitment to health and fitness, and ask for help. Ask someone... Read More

Health Tip: Benefits From Proper Diet and Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Following a healthy diet and getting more exercise can do wonders for your physical and mental health. The Weight-control Information Network mentions these benefits: Energizing your body to prepare for work, play and time with family. Improving your ability to manage stress and having a more positive... Read More

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How The Three Pillars Of Exercise Benefit Mental Health

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