Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise

Yuko Gando, Isao Muraoka

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Abstract

Physical inactivity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. High levels of moderate/vigorous physical activity are associated with better health outcomes. However, there is currently a limited understanding about the relationship between light-intensity physical activity and health benefits. In this chapter, we summarize the available literature pertaining to the health impacts of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. Arterial stiffening and insulin resistance are significantly related to the daily time spent in light physical activity, especially for older people, and independent of moderate/vigorous physical activity. The effectiveness of light-intensity exercise such as yoga or stretching for improving vascular functions remains uncertain. However, yoga practice may be helpful in reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhysical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health
PublisherSpringer Japan
Pages51-61
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9784431553335, 9784431553328
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

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Health
Exercise
Yoga
Light
Medical problems
Insulin
Insurance Benefits
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Stretching
Blood Vessels
Insulin Resistance
Cardiovascular Diseases

Keywords

  • Glycemic control
  • Physical activity benefit
  • Vascular function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Gando, Y., & Muraoka, I. (2015). Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. In Physical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health (pp. 51-61). Springer Japan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55333-5_5

Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. / Gando, Yuko; Muraoka, Isao.

Physical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health. Springer Japan, 2015. p. 51-61.

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Gando, Y & Muraoka, I 2015, Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. in Physical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health. Springer Japan, pp. 51-61. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55333-5_5
Gando Y, Muraoka I. Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. In Physical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health. Springer Japan. 2015. p. 51-61 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-4-431-55333-5_5
Gando, Yuko ; Muraoka, Isao. / Health impact of light-intensity physical activity and exercise. Physical Activity, Exercise, Sedentary Behavior and Health. Springer Japan, 2015. pp. 51-61
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