Exercise is Medicine

Most impact on health, least influenced.

In healthcare today, the primary focus is on pills and procedures. HealthCARE? More like healthCURE, because cure has overshadowed care. Medicine has become a business; physicians get reimbursed for doing things, not talking to patients. This leads to unnecessary treatment/procedures. Over $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. We live in a society, not in an economy.

Elderly patients 65 and over on average take 14-18 prescription medications each year. Medication-related problems are among the top 5 causes of death in senior citizens.

Evidence-based medicine is a clouded picture. “A lot of what is published is incorrect. Corruption is “endemic” in science, and much of the scientific literature may simply be lies” – Top journal editor Dr. Richard Horton; Editor in Chief, The Lancet (world’s most prestigious medical journals).

Pain is the 5th vital sign and no patient can be in pain so it is advised to prescribe narcotics and it is advised to prescribe procedures. Replace pain as the 5th vital sign with exercise.

A heart is a muscle, and like any other muscle, when you exercise it, it adapts and becomes stronger.

A combination of aerobic workouts (walking, running, swimming, and other vigorous heart-pumping exercises) and strength training (weight lifting, resistance training) is considered the best for heart health. These exercises improves oxygen levels and increases blood flow to vital organs. This reduces the need for the heart to work harder to pump more blood to the muscles.

Exercise Advantages to Internal Organs:

Heart

  • Slows the heart rate
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Synchronized pulses pump blood through veins
  • Strengthens the heart and blood vessels towards the fight against heart diseases

Brain

• Reduces insulin resistance

• Reduces inflammation

• Stimulates the release of growth factors (chemicals that affect the health of brain cells)

• Improves mood and sleep

• Reduces stress and anxiety

Lungs

• Increases oxygen capacity

• Reduces shortness of breath

• Improves breathing

• Improves endurance

• Reduces fatigue

Bones

• Improves flexibility

• Improves balance

• Improves coordination

• Builds and maintains bone strength

• Reduces fracture risk

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