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Doing Our Bit > Exercise

Lack of physical activity or exercise, like a poor diet, can lead to a range of health and other social problems, which if prevalent amongst large sections of society are not beneficial to a sustainable future.

Regular physical activity is an important part of effective weight loss and weight maintenance. It also can help prevent several diseases and improve your overall health. It does not matter what type of physical activity you perform - sports, planned exercise, household chores, yard work, or work-related tasks - all are beneficial. Research consistently shows that regular physical activity, combined with a healthy diet, is the most efficient way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Physical activity helps to control your weight by using excess calories that otherwise would be stored as fat. In addition, regular physical activity can reduce your risk for several diseases and health ailments including coronary heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, back pain and osteoporosis. Research has shown that daily aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking or cycling) of as little as 30 minutes can halve the risk of coronary heart disease and early heart attack.

Taking regular exercise needn't be boring. Activities like swimming, dancing and rollerblading are ways of increasing your activity and having fun with your friends at the same time. Such exercise will also help you unwind from your work or studies and relieve stress and tension. Other ways to increase physical activity require only small changes to your everyday routine, such as walking or cycling to school or work, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.