Lifestyle related diseases are plaguing our nation, yet little is being done to prevent the onset of illness in the first place. Sedentary lifestyles, along with unhealthy diets, are two of the main reasons for the rising influx of chronic disease.
Doctors and researchers are beginning to speak out in support of overhauling one’s lifestyle to achieve a more optimum state of health. According to the CDC, “1 in 3 adults who saw a doctor or other health care professional was advised to increase their physical activity as a means of maintaining or improving their health”. However, only 3 in 10 adults meet the recommended level of physical activity each week (150 minutes/week).
Exercise lowers risk of many chronic diseases such as, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and depression. Not only that, but exercise is a completely free prescription!
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise positively impacts our minds and bodies, regardless of age, sex, gender or race. Not only does exercise benefit us in the short term, but also in the long run. Those who regularly exercise are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, less likely to fall ill to disease and benefit from an improved mood.
Exercise Controls Weight
Exercise helps overweight people lose weight more quickly and prevent the onset of future weight gain, while also helping normal-weight people maintain a healthy weight. For overall health, aim for 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day 5 days a week. To lose weight and prevent future weight gain, aim for 60-90 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity 5 days a week.
Exercise Combats Adverse Health Conditions
A healthy weight lowers risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, arthritis and even certain types of cancers. In addition to prevention, exercise can also reverse conditions, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea, while also halting the progression of other conditions, such as heart disease.
Exercise Improves Mood
Much to the public’s knowledge, exercise releases endorphins, which stimulate brain chemicals, leaving you happier and relaxed. Physical activity has also shown to be an effective tool to combat depression, increasing self-confidence and overall sense of wellbeing!