by Dana Sparks
Research shows exercise is an effective and free way to get many of the same benefits.
20% Reduction in coronary heart disease risk with vigorous exercise (10% just by walking 3km/wk)
58% Reduction in risk of Type 2 diabetes (along with diet changes), out performing a common drug
24% Reduction in stroke risk from exercising 30 minutes 5 days a week
13 Types of cancer occur at a lower rate in people who are physically active
Regular exercise leads to weight loss and contributes to maintaining a healthier weight
Mental, Emotional and Social benefits
Significantly reduces anxiety
10 days of exercise can reduce depression almost as well as antidepressants
Helps improve self-perception and self-esteem
Can help improve social interactions
Regular exercise by elderly people may help protect against Alzheimer's disease
Exercise can be just what the doctor ordered.
If exercise could be bottled, its effectiveness treating a range of conditions would likely make it the most prescribed medicine in the world. You don't need a prescription, but a doctor or fitness professional can help you get the most out of an exercise plan.
Make sure you're ready
Talk to a doctor or trainer to avoid injury
Account for any pre-existing conditions
Consider High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Short periods of high-intensity exercise followed by recovery
A time efficient way to get significant health benefits
An open minded place for alternative thought and discussion.