Exercise is Preventative Medicine
Exercise, when paired with healthy nutrition and rest, is the keystone to prevention. When we move our bodies consistently on a regular basis, we do most of what we require medicine to do for us otherwise.
Consider the top 5 health concerns today: heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. Another growing concern is Alzheimer’s disease and mental degeneration. Exercise is involved in prevention for every one of these maladies. From regulating a healthy body weight to detoxifying your cells, the long-term preventative effects of exercise should be enough to put it at the top of everyone’s wellness list.
Let’s take a closer look at some benefits of exercising regularly.
• Oxygenates your blood
• Fuels & cleanses your lungs
• Detoxifies you from the inside out
• Supports optimal liver and kidney function
• Reduces cholesterol
• Promotes a healthy heart and lower blood pressure
• Boosts brain power & maintains mental alertness
• Creates more space for all of your abdominal organs to function
• Supports healthy bone density
• Promotes fertility
• Benefits skin tone
• Improves posture
• Improves digestion
• Creates better balance
• Prevents bone fractures
• Induces better sleep
• Gives you an opportunity to grow, change, and show up for yourself
• Promotes positive mood
• Enhances libido
• Supports confidence and self-esteem
• It’s FUN!
This list could go on and on. Essentially, human beings developed to be physically active as a means of survival. As our lifestyle becomes more sedentary across the globe, our ability to survive is now rapidly declining, despite the many conveniences of modern living.
When it comes to what kind of exercise, there are a few important factors to keep in mind
1 – A combination of aerobic and an-aerobic movements are best in terms of disease prevention and reducing repetitive stress injuries. This means something like yoga once a week and spinning on another day. It’s important to stretch your body as well as to pump your heart and lungs. So consider integrating a few different workouts into your weeks. You can use apps for abs, join a gym with several fitness classes, or find a few hobbies to keep in rotation.
2 – When injury and illness occur, it’s important to honor your body. This doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your routine altogether. Some deep breathing or seated chi gong may deepen your connection to your body and add a boost to your normal workouts when you’re ready to get back to them. Be creative and carve out time for yourself. A week off will not be the determinate factor in your health, but allowing yourself to “fall off the wagon” will.
3 – Proper nutrition fuels a healthy body. Working out alone will not create optimal health and prevent disease, though it is a key factor in doing so.
4 – Whatever kinds of exercise you do, remember that your body is a key element in your life story. Sports, activities and hobbies – whether with friends, on teams, in classes or solo – provide the backdrop for some of our great moments in life. Besides having fun and feeling good, we gain confidence, willingness, and inspiration from showing up again and again. Some of our greatest “aha” moments happen when we’re challenging ourselves just beyond our limits. Remember, all of life is constantly changing. If we choose to change with it, we stay healthy and alive. If we try to stop the motion, we invite illness and disease in.
I’m a 20 plus newlywed, nutrition student and aspiring writer, with a love for chocolate, oatmeal and exercise. I enjoy exercising and learning about nutrition and health, and I am currently training for my first half marathon.