Is Exercise The Only Medicine Your Body Needs
It’s becoming increasingly clear that exercise isn’t just about abs. There’s a significant number of medical experts, healthcare professionals, and fitness aficionados who are championing exercise as the cure-all treatment that lots of us need. If there was a medicine that helped us live longer, improved our memory, helped to cure depression and addiction, and tackled chronic heart conditions, we’d take it, wouldn’t we?
The New Prescription
Exercise could start to become increasingly prescribed as a medicine to treat a huge amount of diseases. The National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests that as many as 26 different diseases could be treated with exercise. This includes a number or psychiatric, neurological, metabolic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary diseases. Exercise could even be prescribed for those with drug or alcohol problems, alongside other quality addiction treatment. So anything from depression to dementia, and heart disease to heart failure could, in theory, be treated with exercise.
Why Is This So Important?
Healthcare resources are becoming increasingly stretched. The cost of treating chronic heart conditions is huge. If there were a way to effectively prevent and cure such conditions, for free, it would alleviate a huge amount of strain on the healthcare industry. If exercise were to play a bigger role in health, patients could literally take their fitness into their own hands. It is believed that lifestyle factors like poor diet, lack of exercise, and use of tobacco contribute to a significant amount of health issues, both mental and physical. Yet little time is spent training physicians and doctors on the benefits a healthy lifestyle can have. In effect, pills are being prescribed where exercise could be.
Treating Anxiety With Aerobic Exercise
The effects that exercise can have are on depression are widely reported. It is believed that exercise can have some positive effects on symptoms of depression. More specifically, certain evidence suggests that anxiety can be improved with aerobic exercise. Anxiety sufferers supposedly respond well to training in small groups. Training should begin with low-intensity aerobic activity and increase gradually. Aerobic exercises include walking, running, cycling, and swimming.
Dealing With Dementia
Exercise can also help dementia sufferers. There is some evidence to suggest that regular exercise can actually lower the risk of dementia. This isn’t conclusive, however. It is safe to say that performing certain low-intensity exercises can help people with dementia improve their quality of life. Stretching and low-intensity workouts can improve cognitive function and help to strengthen muscles too. When small day-to-day tasks become a struggle, exercise can help with coordination too.
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