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What is Exercise?

Exercise is a type of physical activity that is planned and structured to improve your fitness level and muscle strength.

Doing exercise helps control risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Exercise is a type of physical activity that is planned and structured to improve your fitness level and muscle strength. 

Exercise:

  • is done at a moderate to vigorous intensity level
  • should last for about 30 minutes or longer (which can be broken up with rest breaks or into 10 minute intervals throughout your day)
  • is done on most days of the week (5 days each week)

Benefits of Doing Exercise

Exercise is a central part of good health. Doing exercise helps control risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

There are many reasons to start doing exercise. Doing exercise:

  • lowers blood sugar. Sugar is used by your muscles when you exercise.
  • improves your body's response to insulin.
  • lowers blood pressure.
  • lowers the effects of stress on your body.
  • lowers cravings to smoke when you try to quit.
  • raises HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • improves your fitness level.
  • improves muscle strength.
  • lowers body fat.
  • leads to stronger bones and better joint health.
  • improves how you feel about yourself.
  • raises your energy level.
  • improves the quality of your life.

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Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016