Why is physical activity important?
The heart is basically a muscle and like other muscles in the body it needs exercise to keep it fit in order for it to work efficiently.
Being physically inactive doubles your risk of coronary heart disease. With almost two thirds of men and three quarters of women in Glasgow not doing enough physical activity to stay healthy it makes physical inactivity the most common risk factor for heart disease. People who have been physically active are more likely to survive the heart attack compared with people who have not been active.
Physical Activity can benefit your health in other ways;
The good news is that people who do the least amount of physical activity have the most to gain, whatever age they are. If you would like to learn more about becoming more physically active, visit the Physical Activity section.