Fitness Tips from Go4Life

The National Institute on Aging asks, “Did you know that people with chronic conditions such as heart disease and arthritis can benefit from regular exercise?”

In some cases, regular, doctor-approved exercise can even improve conditions such as:

  • Heart health—For a healthy heart, exercise or be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week. Follow a heart-healthy diet and keep a healthy weight.
  • Type 2 diabetes—You can take small steps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes such as being active and making smart food choices. If you already have type 2 diabetes, exercise and physical activity can help you manage the disease and help you stay healthy longer.
  • Arthritis—Regular exercise can reduce joint pain and stiffness. It also can help with losing weight, which reduces stress on the joints.
  • Osteoporosis—Your bones and muscles will be stronger if you are physically active. Weight-bearing exercises done three to four times per week can help prevent osteoporosis.

Get more tips about exercising with chronic conditions from Go4Life.

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