Riyazat (exercise): A part of ilaj bil tadbeer and its role in prevention of diseases

Sameena Firdaus, Dr. Ferasat ali, Nida sultana and Sana sultana

Riyazat is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellbeings. It is performed for various reasons, including strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance, and merely enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps to prevent the "disease of affluence" such as in cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It may also help to prevent depression, help to promote or maintain positive self-esteem, and improve mental health generally. In Unani system of medicine exercise is one of the sixteen methods of treatment of regimenal therapy and is used as a voluntary movement with the purpose of tanqiya e mawad (evacuation of waste material), for purification of the body in an individual. It maintains good health and prevents or cures diseases as well.

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