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PIA Press Release
2009/06/29

For a healthy body and mind, exercise regularly, says FNRI-DOST

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (June 29) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST encourages the general public to exercise regularly in order to have a healthy body and mind, held recently during the 6th NUTRICOMNET Media Forum of FNRI-DOST at NORMISIST, Ampayon, this city.

FNRI-DOST Senior Science Research Specialist - Ms. Marilou Galang said that walking, running, bike riding, playing sports, dancing, doing push-ups, and simple stretches, such as touching your toes or side stretches are simple exercises that you can enjoy doing.

"When you exercise, you are helping build your body to be strong. This will enable you to move around and do all the things you need and want to do", Ms. Galang said.

Also, according to Galang, one should start by talking to his/her doctor. "This is especially important if you haven't been active, if you have any health problem or if you are pregnant or an elderly. You start it out slowly, beginning with a ten-minute period of light exercise or brisk walk everyday and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercise", stressed Ms. Galang.

When asked what best exercise to apply, Ms. Galang explained that the best exercise is the one that you will do. "Walking is considered one of the best choices because it's easy, safe and cheap. It doesn't require training or special equipment, except for a good pair of shoes. Walking is an aerobic and weight-bearing exercise, so it is good for your heart and helps prevent osteoporosis," she added.

It was also learned that the benefits of doing regular exercise are the following: reduces your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and obesity; keep joints, tendons and ligaments flexible so that it's easier to move around; reduces some of the effects of aging; contributes to your mental well-being and helps treat depression; helps relieve stress and anxiety; increases your energy and endurance; helps you sleep better; helps you maintain a nrmal weight by increasing your metabolism, that is, the rate you burn calories.

Making exercise a habit is beneficial to your body. All you have to do is give your time, commitment and dedication. At the end of the day, what is important is that you have done great things for your body. (PIA-Caraga with reports from FNRI-DOST) [top]

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