In the last two weeks, several older women have approached me to share changes to their health since they started regular exercise. One told me that her bone density and blood pressure test results have improved since she started strength training. Another one claimed improvements to her vision, eliminating the need for surgery. A woman in her mid 40’s described the ease of performing her daily activities – from emptying the dish washer to carrying groceries. In my own clients, I have noticed significant improvements to their movements and posture.
There is a long list of the tremendous health benefits of exercise that far outweigh its role in helping us lose a few pounds. Cardiovascular and strength training in both sexes have shown great mental and physical improvements – increased energy, stress reduction, memory and mood improvements,better skin, improved immune and cardiovascular systems,pain reduction in people with musculoskeletal disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Studies also show its effects on Parkinson’s, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. According to a new study by the National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and several other institutions around the world, exercise is associated with reducing the risk of various types of cancer (breast, colon, esophageal adenocarcinoma, liver, lung, kidney, gastric cardiac, endometrial, myeloid leukemia, myeloma, head and neck , rectal, and bladder). A recent study even pointed to exercise’s ability to protect the liver from damaging effects of alcohol. Another one linked it to sleep apnea prevention. No wonder the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges calls exercise a “miracle cure!”
And if physical and mental well-being are not enough for you, how about your material gains? The July 2016 issue of Money magazine lists how you can bolster your wallet by getting more fit.
Don’t know where to start? Just grab your calendar and block some time off for a daily dose of physical activity.
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