Cardiovascular specialist: Training sustains people

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7Exercise is not only good for fitness. It also counteracts a whole range of diseases, increases stress resistance and reduces the risk of conflicts. Professor and cardiovascular-sports doctor Mats Börjesson said this during a speech at the SAN conference.
Exercise is not only useful, it is necessary. At least for those who want to live a long and healthy life. But even though many of us have the intention of exercising regularly, there are very few that really do it. And without exercise we are less well equipped for strain, not least psychological strain.
”People who do not exercise become stressed more easily than others and run a greater risk of depression and anxiety. We also become irritated more quickly, which in turn increases the risk of conflict,” he said.
Not training also results in a range of adverse physical effects. As well as putting on weight it increases the risk of a range of illnesses, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
”By moving, you reduce the risk of dying. Sedentary work is actually as dangerous as smoking,” said Mats Börjesson.
According to Mats Börjesson we need regular exercise, preferably 30 minutes per day, five days a week. We should not underestimate everyday exercise such as cycling or walking to work or to the shops, using the stairs instead of the lift and avoiding sitting still in front of your computer for a long time. According to a European study that Mats Börjesson presented, Swedes are relatively good at exercising in comparison with other Europeans. At the same time, we are at the bottom of the list when it comes to sedentary work.
”Our bodies are designed for movement, and it is not enough to go training for a while in the evening when we have been sitting all day. Get up and walk for a short time during the day, at least once every half hour.
Linda Sundgren
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