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Exercise

  • By: Nicholas L. Lockwood
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Exercise is a type of behavior that has many purposes and forms designed to fulfill specific health outcomes. Exercise can serve to enhance physical appearance, prevent illness, or stimulate the mind, all through a variety of forms (e.g., jogging, walking, and swimming). Exercise has not only been correlated to psychological, social, and nutritional benefits, but also mitigates diabetes, high blood pressure, and other factors that contribute to the rapid increase of worldwide obesity. Insufficient physical activity is one of the major contributors to mortality and obesity-related chronic conditions. These conditions have risen across the globe in recent years, particularly in the United States. Public health recommends moderate aerobic physical activity for adults aged 18 to 65 for a minimum of 30 minutes a day for ...

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