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The positive effects of regular exercise in the prevention of heart disease and obesity and in the rehabilitation of patients Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, not only does regular exercise help to maintain overall fitness and manage weight loss; it can lower the risk of life-threatening conditions. People who exercise regularly are likely to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. In fact, studies have shown that being physically unfit is just as dangerous as smoking in terms of lowering life expectancy. Regular exercise can also benefit mental and emotional wellbeing. The chemicals that are released in the brain through exercising help to promote happiness. The aim of exercise is to achieve a proportional level of health and fitness this needs to be through physically, mentally and socially. Heart disease maybe the leading cause of death for both men and women, but there are various ways that we can alter this by increasing regular exercise, eating healthy food by not smoking or drinking as much by using the government's guidelines. ...read more.


Physical activity helps to reduce the chances of developing conditions that may have a strain on your heart like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as well as reducing stress levels. Federal guidelines recommend that you get at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. Day to day activities like gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs and walking the dog all counts towards the total amount of exercise done a day. You don't have to exercise strenuously to achieve benefits, but you can see bigger benefits by increasing the intensity, duration and frequency of your workouts. Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease, heart disease and stroke and is linked with cardiovascular mortality. By doing this the risk factors that are reduced is high blood pressure to prevent high blood pressure regular aerobic activity is essential. Smokers who become physically active are more likely to cut down or stop smoking. What happens on a cardiac rehabilitation programme? ...read more.


Topics include: � How the heart works, what can go wrong, and why and how people develop coronary heart disease. � How to identify your own risk factors relating to coronary heart disease. � Diet and healthy eating. You may also have the opportunity to discuss your own diet with a dietician. � How to recognize your own stress and how to manage it. � If you are a smoker you will be encouraged to give up and will be offered advice on how to go about it. � Medication. You may be able to discuss your medications with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist. � Practical issues such as driving and holidays. � Going back to work. People who have had an uncomplicated heart attack will usually be able to return to work. You can talk to a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team about the type of work you do. They will help to assess how easily you might take up your job again and when you should return to work. Attending cardiac rehabilitation classes gives you the opportunity to ask questions and talk about any worries you may still have. ...read more.

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