Embracing the ancient wisdom and modern scientific findings, this article delves into why exercise is often hailed as ‘the best medicine.’ From Hippocrates’ early insights to contemporary research, we explore the transformative power of physical activity on our health and well-being. As we uncover the myriad benefits of exercise, it becomes clear that this age-old practice is more than just a physical regimen; it’s a key to a healthier, more vibrant life. The evidence is growing – exercise extends and improves the quality of your life!
Historically, doctors worked to keep people healthy and prevent disease. “Eating alone will not keep a (wo)man well. (S)He must also exercise.” Hippocrates wrote. The first doctors in the US taught physical education in order to keep their patients healthy. In the early 1900s, as surgery and drugs improved, medicine shifted to treating illness and disease. Hippocrates knew the truth in 400 BC, and modern science is proving him right.
The Impact of The Best Medicine
- Improved skin
- More efficient regulation of hormones
- Slow the aging process
- Improved mood
- Reduced chronic pain
- Improved vision
- Improved memory
- Helps to facilitate learning
Only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular exercise, each week. That is only 30 minutes 5 times per week. It is estimated that the US spends $30-50 billions on healthcare costs associated with the sedentary population. Sedentary individuals run a great risk for:
Because of the mounting evidence regarding the benefits of exercise, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a massive new study in 2017. The six-year, $170 million study of 3,000 sedentary people of all ages, will study the impact of exercise. Blood, fat, and muscle will be analyzed before and after exercise, to determine exactly what happens in the body when you exercise. A control group, of non-exercisers, will also be monitored. Scientists hope to discover the exact changes, and impact exercise has on the body.