Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exercise: the new wonder drug?

“What if there was a pill that could lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol? What if this same pill gave you more energy and made you feel less depressed? And if that weren’t enough, what if this pill could dramatically cut your risk of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others?

Would you ask your doctor to prescribe it? Would you make sure to take it every day? It is hard to imagine anyone would say no to such a wonder drug. I’m here to tell you it already exists: Exercise.

Studies going back hundreds of years have proven physical activity’s value to our health. It’s easy to do and comes in multiple formulations, so you can find the brand that suits you best. And the best part? You can get this wonder drug for free!

You don’t have to take a lot of the exercise pill to get great benefits. The dosage prescribed by Kaiser is 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.  This can include brisk walking as well as other forms of exercise that also enhance balance, agility and endurance.  So please, take this doctor’s advice and make sure you take your exercise pill!” 

The best place to fill your prescription? we’ve been advocating fitness as a component of A SOUND MIND IN A SOUND BODY since 1871.