There are many types of exercise, including swimming, running, jogging, walking and dancing, to name a few.
Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help one live longer, according to research.
Nelson Mukasa, an expert in mass sports and the main sports instructor for the bi-monthly Kigali Car Free Day, says it’s fundamental for everyone to adopt the culture of doing or engaging in any kind of physical exercise.
For beginners, he says starting slowly is important as with time, one can find ways to fit more physical activity into their life.
To get the most out of it, he says it’s vital to get the recommended amount of exercise depending on one’s age.
“The benefits that come with doing exercise cannot be underestimated, one will feel better and on top of this, it will help prevent or control many diseases, and likely even promote a longer life,” he says.
He says exercise helps one control their weight. With a healthy diet, exercise plays an important role in controlling and preventing obesity, which has been a health issue because of a sedentary way of life.
Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist and dietician, says to maintain weight, the calories one takes in must be equal to the energy they burn.
He points out that being physically active can reduce the risk of heart disease. He explains that exercise strengthens the heart and improves circulation.