Exercise, what is it good for?

 

You’ve heard it before, get out there and move your body.  Don’t believe us, well here is a great example of healthy middle-aged adults, fitness was significantly associated with a lower risk of developing chronic disease outcomes during 26 years of follow-up. These findings suggest that higher midlife fitness may be associated with the compression of morbidity in older age. (1)

Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer prevention and treatment benefit, obesity, cognition, alzheimer’s prevention, mood enhancement to name a few categories that benefit with moderate exercise.

What is moderate exercise you may ask?  There is no one size fits all exercise prescription. A general weekly goal of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity is ideal for many people. Markers indicating you are doing enough exercise are: breathlessness, fatigue and sweating, though even walking

An individualized approach should be applied toward a specific exercise prescription, injury prevention, and maximizing incentives for maintaining a consistent exercise regimen. Please get checked out and assessed by a provider prior to starting any new plan of exercise.  All too often we hear from folks that start out gung ho only to injure themselves and have major set backs from an injury.

Markers indicating an adequate degree of exercise include:

Breathlessness

Fatigue

Sweating

 

  1. Midlife fitness and the development of chronic conditions in later life.AUWillis BL, Gao A, Leonard D, Defina LF, Berry JD SOArch Intern Med. 2012;172(17):1333. PMID22928178