Did you know exercise also has benefits for your eyes?

The benefits of incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle is well-documented. Exercise can prevent excess weight gain, can help prevent or manage serious health problems, can be a great stress reliever, and can boost your energy. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends at least 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity physical activity to prevent significant weight gain and reduce associated chronic disease risk factors. This amount can be achieved in around 30 minutes a day of physical activity. That number can be more or less depending on the intensity of the physical activity. 
But, did you know that physical activity also has benefits for your eyes? Let me explain. Many eye diseases are actually linked to health problems. Conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as diabetes all can be linked to eye conditions. For example, exercise can help someone with diabetes keep their disease under control. An active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes, including diabetic retinopahty, which is the most common diabetic eye disease and the leading cause of vision loss among adults. 
EyeSmart and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have a couple of studies to further show the link between exercise and eye benefits. Most importantly, remember it does not have to be intense physical activity. Here are a couple of ideas: try walking the halls at your office building during a lunch break, think about parking farther away to increase your steps, or taking the steps instead of the elevator to your office. You can start adding physical activity gradually and slowly work your way up. So, while you probably knew adding exercise to your daily lifestyle provided plenty of health benefits, it can also provide benefits for your eyes. 

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