Experts will agree that exercise and healthy eating are necessary for healthy living. But, can exercise cure certain diseases? The medical community says “YES”! Absolutely, exercise can cure disease.
There is specific evidence in studies shown in Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Depression, and even risk reduction for certain types of Cancer. The fact is that Type 2 diabetes is usually acquired by people who are overweight and sedentary. It was thought that diet and 30 minutes of moderate exercise would keep diabetes from worsening or preventing it by burning more glucose. In a recent Scottish study they found that 15 minutes of intense exercise can lower glucose levels better than 30 minutes of moderate exercise. You can’t say you don’t have time to work out when 15 minutes means you don’t have to test your blood or buy expensive prescriptions!
Next, let’s talk about Osteoporosis and how exercise can prevent and cure this bone weakening disease that affects men and woman both. Osteoporosis is more common in woman when they lose estrogen during menopause. Performing load bearing exercises like weightlifting and running will keep bones strong, promote bone growth, prevents falls, and fractures which are common as we age.
Now, let’s address the effects of exercise on Depression. The character Elle Woods, from Legally Blonde simply said, “Exercise produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t kill their husbands”. Studies done with clinically depressed patients found that, in the 3 groups studied, the group who exercised but didn’t receive Zoloft did better than either of the other two groups.
Finally, how does exercise effect cancer? Without a cure there are a significant number of studies that show 20-40% in the risk reduction of getting certain types of cancer like, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Lung Cancer and Prostate Cancer.
These studies really support our physical fitness and exercise philosophy here are The Ocala Gym Cross Fit Pinnacle, “Ultimately, The Ocala Gym believes that being physically fit is inspiring; it makes you feel good, it enriches your life, and adds both years to your life, and life to your years!“
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Posted on Fri, July 13, 2012