Blog | Monday, April 16, 2018

The importance of exercise


Exercise helps keep us healthy. Numerous studies document these benefits. Yesterday I tweeted another link, “For Heart Disease Patients, Think Exercise, Not Weight Loss.”

These studies do not expect vigorous exercise, but they do measure movement. Both movement and some resistance training help keep us healthy.

Here is another link, this one on, ”10 benefits of exercise.”

Readers know that I have become totally obsessed with exercise. I recently celebrated 2.5 years of Orange Theory Fitness. I go 4-5 times each week.

But one does not need to be as obsessed as I am. Moderate exercise works and works well. I have several friends who try to walk 4 or so miles each day – that is great moderate exercise. They also do some weight training twice each week. These are healthy men in their 70s. But thanks to this exercise, they function better than many 50-year-old men.

Exercise each day is better than an apple a day. Exercise (and I do recommend moderation even though I likely take it a bit overboard) will improve your quality of life, decrease the probability of many chronic diseases, and likely make you feel and look healthier.

I do not know of any drug as valuable as regular exercise. It certainly is less expensive than any newly developed medication.

(db refuses to step off the soap box, but does stop typing)

db is the nickname for Robert M. Centor, MD, MACP. db stands both for Dr. Bob and da boss. He is an academic general internist at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and the former Regional Dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus of UASOM. He still makes inpatient rounds regularly at the Birmingham VA and Huntsville Hospital. His current titles are Professor-Emeritus and Chair-Emeritus of the ACP Board of Regents. This post originally appeared at his blog, db's Medical Rants.