How does exercise help promote women's health?

  • Women who partake in a daily fitness program that progresses into a brisk intensity helps to protect them against stroke.
  • Women who follow a healthy diet and engage in daily physical activity reduce their risk of breast cancer.
  • Leisure time physical activity can reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome in women, namely, hypertension, high triglycerides, high fasting glucose, above normal waist circumference (>35 inches) and low HDL cholesterol.
  • Exercise during and after pregnancy may be useful in the prevention of gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes.  Pregnant and post-partum women should engage in 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.
  • Research shows that a combination of cardiovascular and weight training exercise along with dietary interventions of meal replacements, low caloric intake, and reduced dietary fat leads to the best health and weight management results in menopausal women.
  • Studies show that up to 95% of women who engage in weight training classes or work out with a personal trainer adhere to a program.  Weight training promotes muscular strength which results in lower incidences of coronary artery disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and pulmonary disorders

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