Use it or Lose it

Scientists once believed that as a species, what we stopped using we would eventually lose. If that were true, we would be in serious trouble. People as a whole are more sedentary and overweight than ever before. Given the extensive research substantiating the numerous health benefits of regular exercise doesn’t change this fact that many people.

According to recent reports, more than 60% of adult Americans do not participate in regular exercise. Perhaps more alarming is that about a quarter of them report no involvement in leisure-time physical activity at all.

Less than a third of adults in the US get the recommended amount of exercise each day, and 40% are almost totally sedentary. The result is that obesity has almost overtaken smoking in the United States as the leading cause of preventable death.

Most Americans spend a day completely immobile, either sitting in front of the computer, television sets, at a desk or behind the wheel of a car. Those who live like this tend to park as closely as possible to the shopping centers or grocery stores to save steps, and they never take the stairs.

Researchers believe that this unconscionable level of the inactivity may be linked at least in part two as many as 250,000 deaths every year in the United States, nearly a quarter if all deaths.

Another study involving men who underwent two preventative medical examinations several months apart showed that those who did not improve their fitness between the first assessment and the second assessment had the highest mortality rates. In contrast, those who attempted to shape up, even just a little fared much better. Their risk was a full 444% lower than those who remained unfit.

The health benefits of regular exercise impressive. They include preventing heart disease and strokes, improving blood flow and cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure and lowering the risk of colon, prostate, endometrial and breast cancers.

 

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3 Responses to Use it or Lose it

  1. Walking is indeed often called the best exercise one can do for yourself. A simple way to increase the efficacy of this gentle exercise is to combine it with mindful breathing. Exercises such as walking Qigong have been used with much success to help people with cancer, and are quite common routines in China.

  2. Tara says:

    Walking is great but I would argue that it isn’t TRUE exercise – not unless you are power-walking up a hill, really getting your heart pumping and working your muscles.

  3. Regular exercise and balanced food always keep ones healthy.Food which is rich in antioxidants are good for curing deadly diseases like cancer. These reduce the number of free radicals in the body, thus protecting the body from the damage these cause. Red carrots, yellow pumpkin, red tomatoes are rich in lycopene and are preventive cancer foods. The important thing that is a prerequisite in battling and defeating the disease apart from treatment is a positive attitude. If you are suffering from any deadly disease, go for immunotherapy, which empowers the immune system and protect us from deadly disease.

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