, September 26th, 2013 | Health
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Less than half of Americans habitually accumulate 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity or exercise most every day or perform 20 minutes of vigorous exercise, three days per week and 25 percent are not active at all.
Using the exercise time lines stated above provides many key health-related benefits. Exercise will:
- Reduce the risk of dying at a young age
- Reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease
- Help to reduce high blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, non-insulin dependent diabetes and colon cancer
- Help control diabetes
- Help build and maintain stronger bones and muscles that are less prone to injury.
- Reduce risk of developing osteoporosis
- Promote joint stability
- Help — when combined with a proper diet — avoid weight gain or lose or gain weight
- Helps older adults become stronger and more mobile with fewer falls
- Contribute to fewer lower back problems
- Reduce feelings of depression and anxiety; improve mood
- Increase self-esteem; build confidence
- May act as a stimulus for making other positive lifestyle changes such as tobacco, drug or alcohol cessation.