Exercise Why & How Much ?

Exercise is good for us for various reasons. It helps to lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease, avoid diabetes, maybe even live longer.

How much of it is needed ?

One camp says daily physical activity like walking and gardening is enough; another suggests that near-daily doses of fairly intense exertion are needed.

Some say the total amount of physical activity, not its intensity, is what matters. They recommended that adults get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day of the week if possible. Those 30 minutes needn’t all come at the same time, however—climbing stairs at work plus a walk before dinner and mopping the floor would fill the bill.

It was seen that those men who burned at least 1,500 calories a week exercising (the equivalent of running for three hours) were 25 percent less likely to have died during the 20-year follow-up period than their more sedentary friends.

Exercise is good for us for a variety of reasons. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It helps muscle cells efficiently process sugar and can thus prevent adult-onset diabetes. It slows or halts osteoporosis. It strengthens the heart and improves lung function. It may also lengthen life.

But exercise isn’t a one-kind-cures-all proposition. Just as you get different nutrients from different foods, you get different benefits from different types of exercise.

Weight training conditions muscles and possibly prevents back trouble or the falls that plague so many older people.

  Moderate activity like walking around the block or cleaning the house can lower blood pressure.

  Jogging, swimming, tennis, and other more vigorous activities make the heart and lungs work more efficiently.

If you are sedentary, begin doing low levels of exercise such as gardening or walking—this is far, far better than doing nothing. If you are already doing that, try walking briskly a few times each week. If you already walk, consider running. If you run 10 miles a week, try running 15.

In the United States today, about 50 percent of all adult deaths can be attributed to coronary heart disease. A sedentary lifestyle doubles your chances of developing this disease. By comparison, smoking increases the risk 2.5 times, and untreated high blood pressure 2.1 times. A number of studies show that when someone who is sedentary (i.e., a couch potato) increases his or her daily activity level, the risk of heart disease decreases. Unfortunately, 22 percent of U.S. adults are completely sedentary, 54 percent get some exercise, and only 24 percent actually get the recommended level of physical activity each week.

There is now good evidence of many physical and psychological benefits available to the population from regular exercise which should be recognised by all those involved in health care.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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