Effects of Vigorous and Moderate Exercise on Health-Related Outcomes

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Effects of vigorous and moderate exercise on health-related outcomes Introduction In many developed countries, physical inactivity is becoming a public health problem as a result of fewer numbers of people embracing physical activity(Wardle and Steptoe, 2003). Population-based studies that have been conducted in USA and other developed countries in Europe suggest that the education level of individuals directly affects their physical activity (Trost et al., 2002). Thus those with lower levels of education report lower engagement in physical activity. As a result of less engagement in physical activity, those with lower levels of education miss out on the health benefits of regular physical activity. This increases the number of people who do not engage in regular physical activity. There is thus a strong need to understand the determinants of physical activity in all populations. Physical activity is known to have many positive effects in all populations. The first is improved physical health. Through regular exercise, the individual is able to boost their health. Gadgets available in our lives today such as televisions, computers and video games, encourage people to live sedentary lives(Kuh and Ben-Shlomo, 2004). This prevents people from exercising their bodies regularly. Regular exercise strengthens the bones and muscles and improves circulation of blood inside the body (Makinen et al., 2009). Being active also causes the body to burn more calories allowing a
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