|Author and Brian Hicks at National Duathlon Championship 2014 St. Paul|
But study results published in a December 11, 2013 New York Times article that exercise may be even more effective then medicine for some conditions.
The study looked at how well certain drugs and exercise succeeded in reducing deaths in patients with heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke and diabetes. Huseyin Naci a graduate student at the London School of Economics and Dr. John Ioannidis, director of the Stanford Prevention Research center conducted the study.
Regular exercise can slow the aging process and help to prevent some of the chronic illness associated with aging. It keeps muscles, bones, lungs and heart stronger as we age.
Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy body weight. It can control body fat composition at a lower level. Regular workouts especially if strength training can contribute to well-toned muscles. Muscles have better tone and definition. Skin will be healthier due to increased circulation from exercise.
Exercise improves the blood lipid profile or in other words can improve your cholesterol numbers. Exercise can raise you HDLC (Good) and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Exercise increases the number of red blood cells which carry oxygen. Your bloods ability to clot also improves with exercise.
You can lower your blood pressure because exercise increases vessel size, number and elasticity reducing blood pressure.
Exercise that is weight bearing like running can help to keep bones strong. Exercise improves bone density and helps prevent bone mineral loss essential to preventing osteoporosis.
Regular exercise is a cancer preventer. Regular exercise can lower the risk of colon, breast and reproductive cancers.
Running can help to control asthma. Exercise makes the lungs open up and flush out. Your heart is a muscle and like any muscle gets stronger and larger when it is worked. Regular exercise helps the heart to work more efficiently and effectively.
Blood sugar can be controlled by regular exercise. A regular program of exercise can prevent diabetes Type II which is the result of aging.
Telomeres protect DNA and protein complexes. They prevent damage or fraying of the DNA. The more the DNA frays the sicker you get and the faster you age. Lifestyle changes and exercise help preserve telomeres. A research study in
Telomere length was measured in the control group and the group doing the lifestyle changes. Short telomere length is associated with cellular aging and is seen as a precursor to many types of cancer, stroke, dementia, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Exercise boosts the immune system. When you exercise on a regular basis your body is better able to fight off infections and diseases like cancer.
Being fit can improve pregnancy and delivery outcomes.
|Author at PATCO Dallas 2014|