Is Exercise the Miracle Health Cure We've Been Waiting For?

Fitness

According to the UK National Health Service in an article ‘Exercise to relieve stress’ it most certainly is. We often hear ‘prevention is better than cure’ and exercise appears to be your best chance of reducing the risk of many of the chronic medical conditions so prevalent in our modern society.

Research has found that people who do regular physical exercise have:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Our sedentary lifestyle is a silent killer and the statistics of how inactive we are is alarming.

The Mayo Clinic in the USA found:

  • 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours sitting a day, and
  • 20 to 35 percent of people watch four or more hours of TV per day

Being physically active will reduce your risk of these preventable health conditions by improving your cell’s sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is a hormone which acts like a key to your cell. The more sensitive you are to insulin the easier it is for your cell to transport vital energy giving and immune boosting nutrients into it from your blood. You can eat as well as you like but it doesn’t count unless it gets into your cell. The good news is you don’t have to be a gym junkie or run a marathon to enjoy the health benefits regular exercise will provide. Experts agree you don’t even have to exercise but by simply moving more during the day you can and will help to reduce risk of disease. 

I have come up with 10 things you can do to move more (and live longer) without ever having to go to a gym.

  • Walk your kids to and from school (do this myself, great opportunity to connect with your kids)
  • Stand up and walk around any time you are on the phone (if I’m on the phone, I’m walking)
  • Don’t email walk to your colleague’s desk and talk (imagine their surprise)
  • Get off the bus/train one or more stops early and walk rest of the way
  • Do push-ups against kitchen bench while waiting for the kettle to boil (I always do this one, great for the back of the arms)
  • Play with your kids at the playground, don’t just sit and watch
  • Always take the stairs
  • When watching TV do some easy stretches during the add breaks (this is one I do too)
  • Take your dog for a walk (the most enthusiastic training buddy ever is your dog)
  • Instead of sitting and watching your kids train for their sport, do your own training at the same time (this one has saved so much time for me)

Being active isn’t about hitting the gym 3 times per week and then doing nothing for the rest of the time. Being active is a lifestyle choice, doing 10 minutes here, and 10 minutes there consistently, will make you healthier and happier.  Looking at your life and seeking opportunity to making it a more active one and you will reduce your risk of many known causes of premature and preventable deaths.

Wishing you great health and much happiness,

Important: This article is general advice only. For further advice or information on this topic, please consult your health professional.
Category: Fitness

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