How important is it to get regular exercise?

A regular exercise program benefits your health and may lessen the risk of a number of diseases, including heart disease. The heart is a muscle that needs exercise to stay in shape. Physical inactivity is a key risk factor for heart disease.

Adding just a little exercise to your daily routine also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis, certain cancers, depression, anxiety and stress. It enhances your overall well-being.
Regular exercise, even walking briskly for as little as 20 to 30 minutes a day, totaling at least three hours of exercise a week, provides the following benefits:

  • Improves circulation
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Improves overall body fitness
  • Helps reduce obesity
  • May help lower risk of age-related disorders