Is Exercise Medicine?

Today we want to share a wonderfully motivational post by Author Christian Worstell about the link between exercise and medicine. See below to read Christian’s Bio. Enjoy!

Is Exercise Medicine?

Does exercise work as well as prescription drugs to treat certain health conditions?

Doctors have been telling patients for years exercise is important, however, the rates for obesity and obesity-related conditions continues to rise. What if preventing some of these diseases and conditions was as simple as getting regular exercise?

For some conditions, exercise works as well as — if not better than prescription drugs to reduce your risk.

What Exercise Can Prevent

Studies have shown regular physical activity (defined as the equivalent of walking at least 2-1/2 hours per week) can reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, osteoarthritis, obesity, and even cancer. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day, five times per week, can greatly improve your quality of life and help prevent premature death. While this is the bare minimum, it is a level most people can achieve no matter their condition.

One study found in a testing group of over one million people that regular physical activity helped reduce the risk of 13 different kinds of cancer, including breast, endometrial, colon, liver, and more.

Exercise as Medicine

Exercise was not a worry when people had to grow their own food and walk long distances, as we were made to move and our lives demanded it.

Nowadays, it is seen as something you do to lose weight or bulk up. With the sedentary jobs most people have these days, it is no wonder we as a group are continuing to gain weight and have weight-related issues.

We see exercise as just one more thing to add to our schedules, rather than a part of our lives. Exercise is medicine for your body. Exercise keeps your blood pressure down, your weight down, is a natural stress reducer, reduces inflammation, and can increase immunity. It helps keep your body working efficiently.

When you begin to think of exercise as something your body needs rather than just another thing you must do, you may have a bit of a mindset change. Only about 20% of Americans get regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise regularly.

Without a change in our exercise mindset, we are only going to see health issues becoming more and more common at earlier ages of onset.

If Exercise is Medicine, Where Do I Start?

Now that you see the benefits, you may be wondering where to go from here? Should you join a gym? Try an exercise class? How about just taking a walk?

Walking is easy to work into your day and it is also among the easiest workouts on your body. Start with just 30 minutes a day at a comfortable pace and work up from there. Do some light stretching before and after to keep your body flexible.

Once you get into a routine, begin to add more time or even consider adding weights to your program.

Eat right. No matter your age, you need to eat healthy foods and drink more water. Medicare has even started covering nutritional counseling for older adults, which is amazing for those who need it, as they are even more prone to medical issues.

A nutritionist can help you find the right eating plan for you and guide you in seeing exactly what a portion size looks like. Our portion sizes today are large, and most people do not even know what a healthy portion size looks like anymore.

Exercise IS medicine. If you want your body to work efficiently, a regular exercise routine is a good way to do it. And this works from head to toe.

About the Author:

Author Bio: Christian Worstell is a health and lifestyle writer living in Raleigh, NC.

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