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When it comes to your health, awareness is everything. The more information you have, the more you're able to prevent disease and foster total health.
Physical exercise enhances and maintains physical fitness. It strengthens muscles and the cardiovascular system, hones athletic skills, and facilitates weight loss and decreases mental fatigue. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immunine system, and helps prevent cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health, helps prevent depression, helps to promote positive self-esteem, and can even augment an individual's sex appeal or body image.
Endurance exercise before meals lowers blood glucose. According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity contributes to approximately 17% of heart disease and diabetes, 12% of falls in the elderly, and 10% of breast cancer and colon cancer.
Childhood obesity is a growing global concern and regular aerobic physical exercise will decrease the occurrence of childhood and adult obesity. Health care providers often call exercise the "miracle" or "wonder" drug—alluding to the wide variety of proven benefits that it provides.
The beneficial effect of exercise on the cardiovascular system is well documented. There is a direct relation between physical inactivity and cardiovascular mortality. And physical inactivity is an independent risk factor for the development of coronary artery disease.
A 2010 review of published scientific research suggested that exercise generally improves sleep for most people, and helps allieviate sleep disorders such as insomnia.
Everyone should know his/her medical IQ (itelligence quota). Ways to improve it, if it is low, are read more, seek information on the computer and listen to "Getting it Right With Dr. Boles" at 4pm on Thursdays.
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