Anyone who watches TV has seen the ads from the large pharmaceuticals offering a wonder drug that has some major benefit but then goes on to list all the side effects. Everything from diarrhea to death!!! Suppose you were offered something that had a ton of benefits and very few side effects! Something that could increase your life expectancy as well as the quality of that life?? Would you go for it? Of course you would! Only the most compulsive hypochondriac would refuse. There is a wonder drug. It’s not in pill form and it involves a little effort on your part. ITS EXERCISE!
Healthcare in the US has very little to do with health. What we have is sick care! We spend more money treating the diseases of an unhealthy population after the disease has set in instead of investing in prevention to avoid it in the first place.
Several diseases respond strongly to exercise, including blood pressure, stroke rates, heart attack risk, 13 types of cancer (including breast, ovarian and colon) and type 2 diabetes. Numerous studies have shown lower rates of anxiety, depression and memory loss with exercise.
Exercise is a preventive medicine that can decrease the 3 trillion dollars the US spends every year treating these diseases.
With all the money now being spent on sick care the US ranks 43rd among all nations in longevity and health. Exercise is faster, safer and more effective than most drugs on the market and can increase your life expectancy by 5 years.
Let’s get back to basics to prevent disease. Increase your dose of exercise, get moving, keep moving and DON’T STOP.