The health care costs for our nation are going up at a rapid rate. Preventable chronic diseases (for the most part) are the leading cause of this increase.
According to exercise research done by Dr. Mark Tarnpolsky, only 20 percent of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardio activity per week. More than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever and 80 million Americans (23 percent) are entirely inactive.
The consequences of a sedentary life are as well documented as they are dire. People with low levels of physical activity are at higher risk for many kinds of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and early death by any cause. Long before that, inactivity can worsen arthritis, increase low back pain or weight gain which can lead to depression, anxiety, falling and injuries. Research paper after research paper shows the most effective, potent way that we can improve quality of life and duration of life is exercise.
In addition to the heart, muscles, lungs and bones, scientists are finding that another major beneficiary of exercise might be the brain. Recent research links exercise to less depression, better memory and quick learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Sallis, a physician in California, has prescribed exercise to his patients since the early 1990s in hopes of doling out less medications. So far this method works, particularly in his sickest patients. When his patients exercised on a regular basis, he would see dramatic improvements in their chronic disease.