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Benefits of Exercise and Warning Signs


Exercise is a series of repeated activities, physical and physiological which could be aimed at: maintaining fitness and health, increasing the tensile strength of any tissue (increasing ability and productivity), reduction in body weight and recreation. Combined with good nutrition and rest, moderate-intensity exercise is an indispensable factor in any woman's efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
 
Benefits of Exercise and Warning Signs


 
Research has shown that exercise helps women generally in the following ways:
(1) Exercise helps women to maintain a healthy weight. It helps a woman to burn excess calories and help prevent them from being stored as fat. 

(2) It helps women build stronger muscles. While most women begin losing muscle strength as early as age 25, it has been established that strength training can slow down or even reverse this process. 

(3) It helps to lower the risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. 

(4) It helps to increase bone strength and density. This can help protect a woman from osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones that often occurs after menopause). Women who strengthen their bones at a younger age are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis later in life. 

(5) It improves emotional health. Studies show that regular exercise can help women feel happier, less anxious and more relaxed.

Warning Signs
As important as exercise is, it can be counterproductive if done at the wrong time or in the wrong way. If you observe any of the following signs during or after exercise, it means something is wrong somewhere: dizziness, fainting attack, headache, chronic fatigue, gasping for breath, severe pain in the chest and joints, tremor, muscle cramps, excessive palpation, sleeplessness etc. It could be that you're engaging in the wrong kind of exercise, or that you're doing the exercise at the wrong time or in the wrong way. 

To avoid the risks associated with problematic exercise, the following guidelines will be of help:
(1) Choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you. Understand your personal limitations and exercise accordingly. Note that you're not competing with anyone for a prize. (2) Don't exercise when you're ill or feverish.
(3) Don't engage in vigorous activities immediately after eating.
(4) Adjust exercise to the weather. Be careful especially of hot weather.
(5) Aerobic exercise should always be started with a proper warm-up, before the main exercise.
(6) Wear proper clothing and shoes.





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