Abuja - Ben Uchegbe, an Abuja-based medical practitioner, has advised Nigerians to endeavour to know their state of health before engaging in any physical exercise to prevent heart attack
Uchegbe, a general practitioner at the General Hospital in Minna, Niger State, gave the adviceon Sunday.
He said that physical exercise could be dangerous if the person was hypertensive or had heart disease.
"It is always good to know the state of your health before engaging in any vigorous exercise; try to check your blood pressure and other tests to know the condition of your health.
"Exercise must not be vigorous; one can form the habit of using stairs instead of the lift, walk around the house or stroll along the street”.
The doctor urged people to cultivate the habit of engaging in regular physical exercise because it enabled one to get rid of excess fat and also to get more oxygen into the body.
Uchegbe said frequent and regular physical exercise would boost the immune system and help to prevent `diseases of affluence’ such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.
He also advised expectant mothers to engage in regular exercises as these would keep their organs active as they had the tendency of developing hypertension.
"A pregnant woman can walk round the house twice every morning; it must not be a very serious excises,’’ the doctor advised.
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