The Importance of Physical Activity for Women
- Created: April 28, 2013
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This year, an estimated 345,000 women will have a heart attack. According to Cleveland Clinic, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Staying active and practicing healthy lifestyle habits are key factors in reducing your risk.
Physical activity reduces coronary heart disease in women by 30-40%, according to American Heart Association, improving the quality of life not only physically, but also mentally:
- Physical activity relieves tension, stress, and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression in women
- Exercise increases the flow of oxygen to the brain (improving memory)
- Physical activity enhances your immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Boosts energy levels in women
- Relieves tension
- Helps with weight management
- Increases muscle strength
- Improves circulation
- Improve sleep patterns
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
(Source: American Heart Association)
Regardless of your age, weight, or physical ability, making any amount of physical activity a part of every day is beneficial to your overall health and wellness. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should incorporate 150 minutes of aerobic activity into his or her schedule every week. Even breaking that up into 10 minutes at a time will have positive effects on one’s health.
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