Exercise as Medicine
Inactivity is the cause of countless problems. Today’s society thinks it to be normal to sit at a desk all day, sit in a car or a bus to travel, order food right to your door. Gone are the days of travelling distances to hunt food and forage, build shelter and fight to stay alive. However the need to replicate these habits in today’s society is still necessary, as it is what we were designed to do!
Why not go outside and learn a new skill
Technology has made our lives significantly easier, it has cured illnesses and made us live longer, however it is also the culprit for creating new illnesses and making others such as certain cancers, heart disease and so on far more frequent. A balance is needed; get off the bus a couple stops earlier and walk, and do you even need to take the bus? Instead of watching TV for hours or sitting in front of a games console or TV for hours, why not go outside and learn a new skill, see what your body can do, climbing frames were fun as children, there’s no reason the array of pull up bars and dip bars being installed in many parks across the UK shouldn’t be either!
Be active daily!
According to the NHS adults should try to be active daily, all that is needed is at least 150 minutes across the week. It’s never too late to start and it’s never over. Using age as an excuse is pathetic; Crossfit Masters have age categories going up to 60+ and these athletes look better than most people in their 20’s in today’s society! Various videos from New York to Moscow have surfaced online through the recent calisthenics movement, of men in their 50s and 60s doing movements such as the Muscle Up and Pistol Squat with ease and with the physique to go with it!
It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:
- up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
- up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
- up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
- a 30% lower risk of early death
- up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
- up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
- a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
- up to a 30% lower risk of depression
- up to a 30% lower risk of dementia
All these benefits and all it takes are a few hours a week, consistency, life changes and some dedication! Don’t wait till you’re ill and have to take pills for this and more pills for another thing, fix the problem at its source, you only have one body, so look after it!
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