Physical Activity

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. A sedentary lifestyle is characterized by a lack of regular physical activity or exercise. Physical activity can help control obesity and many of its associated risk factors, such as heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes.

Effects on the Heart:
A. Physical activity increases the strength of the heart and its ability to transport oxygen to the body.

Effects on Metabolism:
A. Physical activity improves glycemic control and may improve weight loss.
B. Physical activity improves and maintains cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, endurance and body composition.

Effects on Blood Vessels:
A. Physical activity may reduce the risk of stroke, heart attacks and embolisms.

Effects on Blood Pressure:
A. Physical activity improves reactivity and relaxation of blood vessels.


©2024 All rights reserved. creates and licenses medical illustrations and animations for educational use. Our goal is to increase your understanding of medical terminology and help communication between patients, caregiver and healthcare professionals. The content in the Media Library is for your information and education purposes only. The Media Library is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment for specific medical conditions.


Related Topics

All Topics