Prevention is Better than Cure: Is Exercise The New Miracle Pill?

When a doctor prescribes medicine for back pain, nobody bats an eye. But when he prescribes a patient exercise in an effort to reduce weight and reduce back strain and pain, everybody loses their minds. Most people do not consider exercise as a form of treatment or medicine. Exercise isn’t medicine – it’s for people who want to fit into their bikinis in the summer… right? Wrong. Researchers are now dubbing exercise as ‘the best preventative drug in existence’ and it’s not too late for you to join in the fun.

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Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes are two of the leading causes of death in the world.  Some might be born with diabetes and a predisposition to developing heart disease, but both diseases as well as their common comorbitities (dyslipidemia, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.)  can be prevented with exercise.

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In a previous post, we have discussed how exercise can help cancer patients endure the side effects of treatment and increase their chances of survival. Regular physical activity also has a positive effect in the mental, emotional and psychological aspects of a person. When you’re feeling good, you will be able to handle stress better and live a happier, healthier and longer life – so why aren’t you doing it yet?

Fitness experts believe that spending 30 minutes at least 2-3 times a week exercising can produce long and short term benefits for your body and mind. The point we are making is this – It is not hard to find something fun and heart racing to do for 30 minutes.

Walking is the easiest, most accessible and cheapest way to exercise. Going up 3-4 flights of stairs or walking the rest of the 4 blocks home everyday can save you from spending days at the hospital in the future. Other activities can also count as exercise such as household chores (cleaning, laundry, etc.) and hobbies (gardening, carpentry). The first few days is always the hardest; but once you’ve gotten it into your system, you will not notice you are doing it at all. Another important note to make is that a well-balanced diet goes hand in hand with exercise.

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Would really rather not exercise today, and prefer to spend a couple of weeks in the hospital recuperating after a 4-vessel surgery bypass surgery in 30 years? We know you’d rather spend money and time travelling the world or throwing parties for your grandkids. Exercise is cheap, effective and with benefits that you can reap today and in the future. It’s time to stop making excuses! Drop that phone, go outside and take a walk. Your body will thank you for it.

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