Daily exercise

Physical exercise has a positive impact on your health. Generally speaking, a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day is recommended. You really don’t need to go to the gym every day to get your daily exercise; the most important thing is to incorporate more movement into your daily routine. Take every set of stairs you come across, for example, go for a walk more often, go shopping on your bike, walk around while you are talking on the telephone, give up your seat for someone else or do little exercises each day. Gardening and housework also get your body moving. As there are no disadvantages associated with exercising for 30 minutes each day, it is recommended that you incorporate sufficient movement into your everyday routine.

##Physical exercise and your health There are a number of health effects associated with physical exercise.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s

There is a proven link between a lack of exercise and Alzheimer’s. Physical activity reduces the risk of early cognitive decline.

When we are young links are established between our brain cells that may protect against deterioration of the brain in later life. Exercising at a young age ensures these links are particularly well established. When we are older too, exercise protects us against cognitive decline.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of Parkinson’s disease

Physical exercise is associated with a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. Make sure you exercise enough, even as you get older.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of a stroke

There is a proven link between a lack of exercise and having a stroke. As many as 20% of all strokes could be prevented if we exercised more.

Regular exercise keeps the blood vessels healthy. This helps prevent high blood pressure, one of the most significant risk factors for a stroke. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases

There is a proven link between a lack of exercise and cardiovascular diseases. Exercise helps you maintain a better ratio between LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol. An LDL cholesterol level that is too high can lead to hardening of the arteries.

Intensive physical exercise also improves the condition of the heart and lungs, which helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, physical exercise is a good way to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise (at least 30 minutes each day).

Physical exercise reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes

There is a proven link between a lack of exercise and type 2 diabetes. Exercise improves your insulin sensitivity and consequently helps to maintain your glucose regulation.

Furthermore, physical exercise is a good way to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise (at least 30 minutes each day).

Physical exercise reduces the risk of osteoporosis

A lack of exercise can lead to osteoporosis. Exercise keeps bones strong and prevents the loss of bone mass. It also reduces the risk of bone fractures.

Strengthening exercises in particular are associated with a reduced risk of bone fractures. If you walk regularly, you are killing two birds with one stone, as both exercise and the vitamin D our bodies produce when we are exposed to sunlight help to keep bones strong.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer

A lack of exercise is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise. This appears to be particularly important for women after the menopause. You really don’t need to go to the gym every day for this; the most important thing is to incorporate more movement into your daily routine.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of prostate cancer

There are indications that sufficient physical exercise slightly reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of bowel cancer

There is a proven link between a lack of exercise and bowel cancer. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise; this helps to maintain healthy bowel movements and reduces the risk of bowel cancer.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of liver cancer

Fat accumulation in the liver is associated with an increased risk of developing liver cancer. By getting enough exercise, you reduce the risk of developing fatty liver disease.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of lung cancer

By getting enough exercise, you reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. This protective effect, seen particularly amongst smokers, may be linked to an improvement in lung and heart function as a result of exertion.

Physical exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer

A lack of exercise is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Make sure, therefore, that you get enough physical exercise. You really don’t need to go to the gym every day for this; the most important thing is to incorporate more movement into your daily routine.

##iGene Passport iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether daily exercise may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.

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