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Let’s get PHYSICAL

People who take regular exercise tend to live longer, and the evidence is that even moderate activity will reap health benefits

Regular physical exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, obesity, colon cancer, breast cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, chronic pain and even constipation. According to the NHS, this adds up to an overall 30% reduction in the risk of an early death.

Regular exercise helps you burn fat more eiciently and can lower cholesterol levels. Best of all, there are virtually no negatives or adverse side-efects associated with exercise. Provided you increase your level of physical itness gradually, it really is a win–win situation. Dr Mark Tarnopolsky from the University of Ontario summed it up: ‘If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed.’

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Do you meet your 5-a-day every day? Our August issue makes it easy, with recipes that hit your daily target in one meal, and expert nutrition tips to help you pack more fruit and veg into your diet – including our nutritionist’s top 10 summer picks. Don’t miss our brand new EXTRA section: this month, GP Dawn Harper shares her professional secrets on how to live healthily for longer.