Exercise is Medicine
Physical inactivity is a fast-growing public health problem and contributes to a variety of chronic diseases and health complications, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and osteoporosis to name a few. In addition to improving a patient’s overall health, EXERCISING has proven effective in the treatment and prevention of various chronic diseases. Tremendous health benefits are seen with even a low level of exercise.
Regular exercise at the correct intensity can:
• Reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cardiovascular health.
• Reduce the incidence of high blood pressure.
• Lower the risk of stroke.
• Reduce the incidence of diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity.
• Reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer.
• Reduce the risk of colon cancer.
• Decrease depression and anxiety as effectively as Prozac or behavioral therapy by stimulating production of various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
• Stimulates the formation of new brain cells for improved cognition and memory.
• Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease.
• Improves or reduces attention deficit.
• Improve bone mass and reduces the risk of Osteoporosis.
• Increase lean muscle mass which increases your resting metabolic rate which can lead to decrease in body fat. The more lean muscle you have the more calories you burn throughout the day.
• Improve self esteem, confidence which enhances social interaction.
• Reduces risk of Erectile Dysfunction and can enhance sexual function in both women and men.
• Increase energy level.
• Promote better sleep by helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep.
• Improve flexibility, range of motion and balance.
• Reduce joint and back pain.
Believe it or not exercise can be fun. All you need to do is take the first step.
STEP 1 – Set aside time to exercise. Getting started can often be the most difficult part of any exercise routine. Plan how you will incorporate exercise into your weekly routine for the next FOUR WEEKS. I say four weeks because many people will argue that to create a habit you have to do it over and over for approximately one month. Of course this depends on the routine and the person.
For more information visit the following web sites:
Exercise is Medicine: www.exerciseismedicine.org
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: https://health.gov/paguidelines/
Stop by and let us help you create a fitness regimen that will improve your health and quality of life.