As I get older I become more painfully aware (pun intended!) how important it is to keep moving my body. When I fall off the wagon and don’t make the time to be active doing something, every single day, my body feels stiff and heavy as lead, and mentally it is harder for me to stay in a good mood. I know that being active is an immediate cure for what ails me, and as I did my research for this blog, I was not surprised to find out there are studies that support this. What was amazing was seeing EXERCISE being prescribed to relieve the symptoms of so many different ailments and chronic diseases. All with a dose of just this one thing – EXERCISE.
Here is a list of just some of the diseases Exercise is a recommended treatment or preventative measure for:
- Depression – being active produces dopamine – a brain chemical that makes you feel GOOD 🙂
- Heart Disease – keep flexing your most important muscle!
- Diabetes – helps control blood sugar levels – can REVERSE type II diabetes
- Decreases risk of high blood pressure
- Decreases risk of colon cancer
- Decreases risk of osteoporosis – weight bearing exercises helps maintain bone mass
- Recommended for Parkinson’s patients to improves balance and mobility
- High Cholesterol – raises “good” HDL and lowers triglycerides in the blood
- Chronic lung diseases – improves Cardiopulmonary endurance
- Constipation – – increased blood flow stimulates bowel movement
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves quality of sleep
- Improves ability to fight infections
- Eases symptoms of MS
- Fibromyalgia – reduces pain, fatigue, and sleep problems
And the list could go on, and on. You can basically google “Exercise and …” insert any ailment and find a benefit from exercising. AMAZING!!!
AND, the levels of exercise recommended most commonly to treat these ailments is 30 minutes, of moderate physical activity, just 5 days a week. Totally do able!
With all of these known benefits, you would think our medical professionals would spend some time with us, asking about how physically active we are, and emphasizing how important it is to our overall health. I did find an article on a medical reform website that implies there are professionals looking into just that, and how it would become a reality. You might find it interesting, too. (http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2015/12/doctors-prescribe-exercise-to-all-patients)
There are also more and more articles being published that not only tout the benefits of exercise, but also prove that being inactive is making us SICK!
Knowing the above, shouldn’t we be considering exercise, which is simply moving your body, a REQUIRED part of our every day lives, and teaching our children the same?
Everyday, we need to feed our bodies good food, get plenty of sleep, smile a lot, and EXERCISE. So the next time you reach for your daily dose of statins, or high blood pressure medicine, or type II diabetes drug, grab a leash and/or your child’s hand, and take a walk in the beautiful outdoors so someday you might not need those drugs at all!
Hugs! Shelly Mae