Exercise and Heart Disease Quiz

Test your knowledge about physical activity and heart disease with the following True or False statements. Click on True or False to read the correct answer.

  1. Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart disease. True or False


  2. Most people get enough physical activity from their normal daily routine. True or False


  3. You don't have to train like a marathon runner to become more physically fit. True or False


  4. Exercise programs do not require a lot of time to be very effective. True or False


  5. People who need to lose some weight are the only ones who will benefit from regular physical activity. True or False


  6. All exercises give you the same benefits. True or False


  7. The older you are, the less active you need to be. True or False


  8. It doesn't take a lot of money or expensive equipment to become physically fit. True or False


  9. The most common risk in exercising is injury to the muscles and joints. True or False


  10. You should consult a doctor before starting a physical activity program. True or False


  11. Exercise will not benefit people who have had a heart attack. True or False


  12. To help stay physically active, include a variety of activities. True or False

Answers to the Physical Activity and Heart Disease I.Q. Quiz

1. Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart disease. True

Heart disease is almost twice as likely to develop in inactive people. Being physically inactive is a risk factor for heart disease along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and being overweight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance for heart disease. Regular physical activity (even mild to moderate exercise) can reduce this risk.

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2. Most people get enough physical activity from their normal daily routine. False

Most Americans are very busy but not very active. Every American adult should make a habit of getting 30 minutes of low to moderate levels of physical activity daily. This includes walking, gardening, and walking up stairs. If you are inactive now, begin by doing a few minutes of activity each day. If you only do some activity every once in a while, try to work something into your routine everyday.

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3. You don't have to train like a marathon runner to become more physically fit. True

Low- to moderate-intensity activities, such as pleasure walking, stair climbing, yard-work, housework, dancing, and home exercises can have both short- and long-term benefits. If you are inactive, the key is to get started. One great way is to take a walk for 10 to 15 minutes during your lunch break, or take your dog for a walk every day. At least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday can help improve your heart health.

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4. Exercise programs do not require a lot of time to be very effective. True

It takes only a few minutes a day to become more physically active. If you don t have 30 minutes in your schedule for an exercise break, try to find two 15-minute periods or even three 10-minute periods. These exercise breaks will soon become a habit you can't live without.

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5. People who need to lose some weight are the only ones who will benefit from regular physical activity. False

People who are physically active experience many positive benefits. Regular physical activity gives you more energy, reduces stress, and helps you to sleep better. It helps to lower high blood pressure and improves blood cholesterol levels. Physical activity helps to tone your muscles, burns off calories to help you lose extra pounds or stay at your desirable weight, and helps control your appetite. It can also increase muscle strength, help your heart and lungs work more efficiently, and let you enjoy your life more fully.

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