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All Rights Reserved. Fitness and Exercise Sourcebook, Fourth Edition researchers found that physical activity significantly reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in the overweight and obese women. The researchers also looked at the time the women spent walking and found that the more the women walked, the lower their risk for coronary heart disease. 5 hours per week. This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that physical activity can help you live longer, regardless of whether you have excess weight.

If, however, you work alone, you may enjoy the social benefit of exercising in a group. A lot depends on your personality and what causes stress for you. Don’t skip a chance to exercise. Take a break every 90 minutes and you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Ninety-minute intervals are a natural work-break period. And four 10-minute exercise breaks will burn about as many calories as a solid 40-minute session. Work-break exercises can be as simple as walking or climbing stairs, stretching, or doing calisthenics.

Appropriate regular daily physical activity is a major component in preventing chronic disease, along with a healthy diet and not smoking. pdf. © 2003 World Health Organization. Reprinted with permission. ­Reviewed by David A. Cooke, MD, FACP, March 2010. 15 (c) 2011 Omnigraphics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Fitness and Exercise Sourcebook, Fourth Edition health across the population. Available experience and scientific evidence show that regular physical activity provides people, both male and female, of all ages and conditions—including disabilities—with a wide range of physical, social, and mental health benefits.

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