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If science could invent a pill that would dramatically improve everyone's health, it would be a pill full of exercise. Just imagine taking a daily dose of exercise with your morning coffee. We would be the fittest nation in no time. Until then we are going to have to get our exercise done the old-fashioned way.
The Surgeon General's Report recommends that adults get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Most people are not getting nearly enough, and about 25% of adults are not physically active at all. This is becoming a significant public health problem, and we want to help people make a change. Here are some health conditions that are improved, controlled or prevented with a daily workout.
Cardiovascular Disease – People who exercise regularly have lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol levels, and a lowered risk of developing heart disease.
Cancer – Carcinogens accumulate in body fat, exercise helps burn fat thereby reducing the risk of developing cancers related to carcinogen exposure.
Diabetes – Regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing diabetes. It can also improve health outcomes and lower risk of developing complications for people who already have the disease.
Depression – A review of 30 studies have shown a link between exercise and the future development of depression. Regular physical activity can have the same benefits in treating some forms of depression as anti-depressants.
Cognition – Older adults who participate in exercise are less like to experience a cognitive decline or memory loss.
Bone Density – People who exercise have stronger bones than non-exercisers. They also have a much lower risk of fractures.
Fall Prevention – Older adults who regularly engage in physical activity develop stronger muscles, stronger bones, and improved balance all of which decrease the chance of falling significantly.
Osteoarthritis – Regular aerobic and resistance training can reduce the incidence of disability by 50% in people with osteoarthritis.
Sleep – People who exercise regularly have more efficient sleep patterns than people who are not active. A daily workout reduces the amount of time it takes to fall asleep as well as increasing the restfulness during sleep.
Stress – Physical activity releases “feel good” endorphins in the brain. When a person who is feeling stressed exercises those endorphins combat the stress, they feel.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to include exercise in your day. These are just some of the health benefits, but there are so many other reasons to make it a part of your routine. If weight loss is your goal, exercise is your solution. If you want to be around for your children and grandchildren, then you need to workout.
It is not just about how many years you have left, but about the quality of those years. Modern medicine is great for emergencies and disease maintenance, but it won't prevent those chronic conditions from developing. It is your responsibility to prevent disease. You brush your teeth every day to prevent gum disease, so why would you neglect your muscles, bones, and heart? Contact us today if you need more motivation.