Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.
You’ve probably been told before that the best exercise is medicine. But just how much can exercise do for your health? A lot, it turns out – as demonstrated in a new infographic by Mayo Clinic. Let’s take a look at some of the findings below…
Physical Benefits of Exercise
Exercise can produce the following benefits…
- 20% reduction in coronary heart disease risk with vigorous exercise (10% just by walking 3 miles/week)
- 58% reduction in risk of type 2 diabetes (along with diet changes), outperforming a common drug
- 24% reduction in stroke risk from exercising 30 minutes five days a week
- 13 types of cancer occur at a lower rate in people who are physically active
- Regular exercise leads to weight loss and contributes to maintaining a healthier weight
Mental, Emotional & Social Benefits of Exercise
The benefits of exercise don’t end with the physical. Exercise can improve your mental, emotional, and social health, too.
- Exercise significantly reduces anxiety.
- 10 days of exercise can reduce depression almost as well as antidepressants.
- Helps improve self-perception and self-esteem.
- Can help improve social interactions.
- Regular exercise may help protect against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Developing an Exercise Plan With Your Physician
Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health! As Mayo Clinic says, “If exercise could be bottled, its effectiveness treating a range of conditions would likely make it the most-prescribed medicine in the world.”
While you certainly don’t need a prescription to start exercising and enjoying the benefits of regular activity, you may wish to talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise plan – especially if you have experienced an injury or have any health conditions.
Where to Start?
A basic walking plan is a great way to get moving. Start by walking 20-25 minutes a day. If you’re looking for a more time-efficient method, consider giving high intensity interval training (HIIT) a try. With HIIT, you have short periods of high-intensity exercise followed by recovery.
For more information, check out the infographic below…
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Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.