Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Alzheimer’s & Depression Anyone?
If being a couch potato was on sale it would need a health warning. Regular exercise can prevent more premature deaths than any other single treatment, without the side effects of medication. 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking, ballroom dancing or gardening) or 75 minutes of more vigorous activity such as cycling, swimming or running helps.
Before the last few hundred years most of our ancestor’s would’ve walked everywhere – our genes and basic physiology need exercise like food and water, to help us be healthy.
Lack of cardiopulmonary fitness has been found to be the highest risk factor for early death – more than obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and twice the risk of smoking.
A weekly dose of moderate exercise (that’s a minimum of a 100 steps a minute), reduces the risk of a dieing prematurely of a heart attack by 40% – round about the same as statins and reduces the chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (twice as good as metformin).
Studies in the US show that the recommendations above halves the risk of both breast and bowel cancer.
A single 2 hour stint can also reduce fats such as triglycerides in the blood.
A benefit of exercise is that it might also help memory. As we age most people loose thousands of brain cells per day. One study of elderly people found regular exercise increased the size of part of the brain important for memory by 2% – about 2 years of normal aging! They also showed improvements on memory tests – frequently 15% or more. Exercise even helped this area of the brain in children.
So even if you just get up off the couch and have a wonder around during the adverts can start to clock up vital calorie reductions and exercise that can improve your health.
Give reception a call at Back-in-Action in Penwortham, Preston and ask to see one of our chiropractors or a sports injury/ rehabilitation therapist, if you want some help, to get get active.
From the Preston Chiropractor Team
Getting You Back in Action & Enjoying Your Life Again
Serving the people of Preston and surrounding areas including Southport and Lytham St Annes