Exercise to help keep chronic disease at bay.
According to the UK Department of Health around 15 million people in England suffer from chronic disease. Are you one of them? If so, there is no time to waste to try to slow or reverse the process.
Major types include cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), respiratory disease (e.g. asthma), and mental health conditions (e.g. depression). Such conditions can be very insidious as they usually develop slowly, creeping up on us, sneakily impacting our health. This in turn can place us in a vicious circle of physical and mental decline, making it even harder to reverse the process. For example, conditions such as respiratory or mental health disorders can limit our capacity for exercise, owing to a reduced supply of oxygen or by lessening motivation to engage in everyday activities.
Now a new study compared the physical activity of those with chronic diseases to healthy individuals using an objective measure of physical activity and found that participants with chronic disease undertook 9% less moderate activity and 11% less vigorous activity per week than individuals without chronic disease. Participants in every chronic-disease subgroup undertook less physical activity than those without chronic disease. What’s more 67 diagnoses within these subgroups were associated with lower moderate activity.
The conclusion was given the substantial health benefits of being physically active, clinicians and policymakers should be aware that their patients with any chronic disease are at greater health risk from other diseases than anticipated because of their physical inactivity. Remember, some activity is better than none, with even a little movement capable of making a positive difference.
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