Can any physical activity help improve my physical condition?

The most important thing is that the physical activity to be carried out adapts to the specific requirements of the person. In principle, any degree or form of physical exercise, adapted to each person has a beneficial effect on the body without any doubt, helping to maintain our health and preventing the onset of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes among many others.

In principle, and except for specific difficulties of each patient (for example, poor physical condition, high obesity, respiratory problems, advanced age, etc.), any physical exercise program should consist of aerobic or outdoor exercise (such as running, going on bike or swim), at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week or longer if less days are made; muscle strength exercises (lifting weights, doing push-ups, abdominals…) at least two days per week; stretching and flexibility exercises (pilates or yoga are good options) in order to keep muscle groups in good condition; and finally postural balance exercises (yoga), these especially indicated in older people to help maintain a good muscle tone and avoid falls, so frequent in this group of people.

In general, in people who are not accustomed to performing physical exercise, it is recommended to start gently, to gradually increase until we adapt our body to this new healthier lifestyle.

In the guide for the families of Fundación Mapfre “Living in Health. Keys to being well ”you can find recommendations for physical activity for children, adolescents and for family.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Doctor and team manager (- Z Rehab Medical Center)

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