As a personal trainer, my clients are commonly asking me what to do about this ache or pain or other medical issue. We would all like to have a free, painless, no hassle way to cure what ails us. What about exercise as the medicine of choice?
Did you know that in 2005 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 365,000 deaths in the US occur annually from poor diet and lack of physical activity? Two-thirds of US adults are either overweight or obese. More than half of US adults do not meet the recommended levels of physical activity. Almost one-fourth of US adults have no leisure-time physical activity at all (1). Maybe it’s time to think about prevention.
What do YOU think about exercise? Is it fun and play or pain and suffering? Simple discomfort that needs to be endured or the necessary evil? Something boring you just go through mechanically or something you look forward to? But have you ever thought of exercise as medicine? Well, maybe you should.
To read the rest of the story and a detailed examination of the reality that exercise is a type of medicine, follow this link to my previous article on the subject.