- Abnormal thickening of the heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).
- Electrical abnormalities in the heart’s conducting system, which cause heart-rhythm disturbances.
- Abnormal anatomy of the coronary arteries, which supply the heart muscle with oxygen (usually a condition one is born with).
- Coronary artery disease with narrowing of the arteries through cholesterol plaque.
- Physical fitness and well-being.
- Weight control: diets and dieting usually have a limited span of effectiveness. Consistent, regular exercise is effective for reaching and maintaining ideal weight.
- Less occurrence of type 2 diabetes as weight drops and ideal body mass index is achieved.
- Less risk of high blood pressure.
- Improved mental function at all ages.
- If you drive a car, park it a distance from your office or other destination. These extra steps will be beneficial.
- Have fun while moving. Walk with a friend during work breaks, or walk to the store.
- Work in the garden. Ellen White encouraged even busy pastors to engage in this healthful exercise.
- Accountability. Exercise with your spouse, a friend, or a family member. Knowing someone is counting on you keeps you motivated.
- Divide your daily exercise period of perhaps 40 minutes into two 20-minute sessions on the same day. You’ll reap the same benefits.
is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.
is ICPA executive director and associate director of the Health Ministries Department.