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Lack of exercise and heart disease.
Physical activity has been identified as an important contributor to maintaining good overall health. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of death in Australia, with 45,392 deaths recorded in Australia in 2015.
Level of exercise statistics by the Heart Foundation in 2014/15, show that 65.4% of Australians aged 15 and over had low levels of exercise. On average, Australians spend 35-45 hours a week on sedentary behaviors such as, watching tv, playing electronic games, using their computer, phone and are being social by going out to dinner, drinks, movies etc. These hours don’t include the amount of time spent on sleep, sitting at work, sitting in the car or public transport to and from work.
Australians are sitting down and laying so much, that experts want to double the recommended amount of 150 minutes a week of accidental exercise, even if you already do ‘enough’ exercise.
Coronary heart disease or heart disease:
Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, alcohol and smoking. Nine in 10 adult Australians have at least one risk factor for CVD and one in four (25%) have three or more risk factors.
How to control blood pressure & cholesterol.
Blood pressure is the pressure of your blood on the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps it around your body. It’s a vital part of how your heart and circulation works. Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down all the time, adjusting to your heart’s needs depending on what you are doing. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is persistently higher than normal.
A blood pressure reading under 120/80mmHg is considered optimal. Readings over 120/80mmHg and up to 139/89mmHg are in the normal to high normal range. It is very important to get your blood pressure checked regularly, and if it’s persistently high it needs to be controlled. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It may also affect your kidneys.
The exact causes of high blood pressure are often not clear. Your blood pressure may be strongly influenced by:
Top 5 lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol
High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. You can improve cholesterol with medications, but if you'd rather first make lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol, try these five healthy changes. If you already take medications, these changes can improve their cholesterol-lowering effect.
What you allow, is what will continue!
So there you have it guys, Hope this information was useful to you.
Take control of your life. rock on!
Till next month..
Evie - Director of Total Fitness Training