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REGULAR EXERCISE REDUCES LARGE NUMBER OF HEALTH RISKS -Nana Okuamoah Sekyim

The Paramount Chief of Wassa Amanfi and President of Wassa Amanfi Traditional Council, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim (ll) has informed that, Regular exercise can reduce the risk and symptoms of more than 20 physical and mental health conditions, which can also reduce how quickly your body ages.

According to him, exercise is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful ways to improve your health. If you are still avoiding it, perhaps this latest study will be the final straw that motivates you to take action.

Background

A review of research, which summarized the findings of 40 papers published between 2006 and 2010, found that exercise improves conditions such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.

Apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice any individual can make to improve their health.

A separate study also found that women who exercise for 150 minutes a week or more could be reducing their risk of endometrial cancer, whether or not they are overweight.

Researchers examined data collected from a case-control study that included almost 700 women with endometrial cancer and compared them to a similar number of age-matched control women. Those who exercised for 150 minutes a week or more had a 34 percent reduced risk of endometrial cancer.

Tetrete Sekyim’s speech

Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim ll, who was speaking on Accra based TV indicates that,  physically active people have significantly less erosion of telomeres than even healthy, non-smoking. Exercise activates the enzyme telomerase, which stabilizes telomeres, producing an anti-aging effect at the cellular level.

He stated that, exercise reduces the risk of about two dozen health conditions, ranging from cancer and heart disease to type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia as well as depression. Exercise also slows down the rate of aging itself, providing the closest example of real life fountain of youth as we will ever find.

He emphasized that, exercise can help you to lose weight, it’s one of its most widely known benefits, but it offers disease protection far beyond that. So whether you are overweight or not, exercise needs to be part of your lifestyle if you want to achieve optimal health.

“Regular exercise, even when initiated late in life, can help reduce the aging process so you’ll be less likely to suffer from chronic disease or disability, and more likely to be fit and trim, agile, mobile and happy, even as you get older”

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