How does physical activity help if you have hypertension?

WHAT IS It?

Blood is pumped around the body by the heart. It is circulated through vessels known as arteries, and smaller vessels known as capillaries. When the heart contracts to force blood into these vessels, your blood pressure increases. This is why your blood pressure measurement is made up of figures, the pressure during contraction and the pressure during relaxation. High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. (more…)

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Advice for chronic low back pain

Chronic low back pain often results from a weakness in the muscles supporting your back which may lead to instability or incorrect functioning  of the lower part of the spine (lumbar spine). Strengthening the muscles responsible for providing support to the spine is therefore very important. You need to remember to strengthen your stomach muscles as well as your back muscles so that your spine is equally supported at both the front and the back. Loss of stability in your spine can lead to microscopic damage to the surrounding soft tissues so it is particularly important to address this problem quickly to minimize damage. (more…)

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How does physical activity help if you have angina?

WHAT IS ANGINA?

Angina is a pain is a discomfort usually felt in the chest. Sometime it can be felt in other parts of the body such as down the arms, in the back, in the throat and jaw and around the abdomen.

WHAT CAUSES ANGINA?

The heart muscle, know as the myocardium, needs sufficient oxygen (carried in your blood stream) to be able to function properly. Your heart has its own blood supply called the coronary circulation which consists of a busy network off arteries and veins providing to a veins providing necessary nutrients to your heart. Over time and due to a variety of reasons the coronary arteries can narrow. (more…)

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How does physical activity help reduce cholesterol

Why cholesterol is important?

In general, the higher your total blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk of coronary heart disease. You should aim for a total cholesterol level of under 5mmol/l ( millimols of cholesterol level of under your blood cholesterol is even slightly above this level, you can greatly benefit from reducing it.

Other factors which affect your risk of heart disease include smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight, being physically inactive and having diabetes, particularly if your blood sugar control is not good. (more…)

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Over weight people with large waist- Risk of diabetes

Recent Study Sheds Light on Diabetes Risk “Overweight people with a large waist are as likely to develop type 2 diabetes in later life as those who are obese, according to an international study involving a Cambridge epidemiology unit.

Researchers say that while people who are overweight but “pear-shaped” have a relatively low risk of the disease, those who carry the extra pounds around their waist run similar risks as those who are seriously overweight. (more…)

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ARE YOU HEART SMART

Test how much you know about how physical activity affects your heart. The following statements are either true or false. Decide what you think, then compare your responses with the answers given below

  • Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart diseases

Heart disease is almost twice as likely to develop ion inactive people, so this is true. Being physically inactive is a risk factor for heart disease along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and being overweight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of getting heart disease. Regular physical activity(even mild to moderate exercise) can reduce this risk. (more…)

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Working out while pregnant

REMEMBER THE DAYS when pregnant women were not to do anything much less exercise? Well, those days are over. Not only is it allowed, pregnant women are encouraged to do a little exercise. Whether you have a fitness routine firmly in a place or you want to be a bit healthier for the wee one, exercising while pregnant can make you feel great.

Exercising during pregnancy is good for you for all the same reasons it is good for everyone else. Furthermore, it can help you carry that extra weight around, physically prepare you for the stress of  labour,  and make it easier to get back in shape after the baby is born. (more…)

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