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Is exercise important in your daily life? Do you still have time to exercise inspite of your busy schedule? Do you allot 20 to 30 minutes of your time to exercise?

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.

Exercise has many benefits:
• It burns off energy thereby assisting weight control or reduction. It keeps your weight under control.

• It also helps improve blood circulation, muscle tone and efficiency of heart and lungs.

• It also helps you to relax, cope with stress, and promotes sound sleep. When you exercise, it releases tension.

• Exercise enhances your psychological well-being, improves self-esteem, and maintains motivation.

In your busy days, what is the best exercise that you can do? Walking is perfect to burn your excess calories and fats. You do not need special equipment to exercise. You can incorporate exercise in your daily life by taking the stairs instead of using the elevator, going for a walk during your coffee break or lunch break ; doing household chores at a fast pace, and gardening.

To obtain the benefits of exercise, perform aerobic exercise regularly for at least 3 to 5 times a week for 20-30 minutes or more. However, make sure to consult your doctor about what and how much exercise is right for you.

For healthy body and mind, exercise regularly!

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. Like our Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow our Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (DOST-FNRI S&T Media Service: Press Release –MA. IDELIA G. GLORIOSO)

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