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Physical Inactivity

An inactive lifestyle increases the risk of heart and blood vessel disease. Physical inactivity also results in a higher risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity/Overweight

Regular, moderate to intense exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Even light intensity exercise when done regularly is beneficial. Many people become less active as they get older. A sedentary lifestyle then contributes to the increased risk of heart disease. A regular exercise program is therefore important for all people throughout their lives.

Diet and exercise are key to weight loss. You need to lower your total calorie intake by 500 calories per day to have a one-pound weight loss per week.


A comprehensive exercise program is available through the Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness

312-926-WELL (9355)

Last UpdateMarch 15, 2011