Exercise: More than a New Year’s Resolution
In light of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, as we watch the world’s super athletes twist, turn, flip, shoot and slide, highlighting the importance of exercise only seems appropriate–even if the focus is on the benefits of daily exercise for all of us not competing.
As the years progresses and New Year’s resolutions begin to fade (happens every year doesn’t it?) we’d like to remind everyone of the incredible health benefits resulting from exercise. Every year more and more research uncovers more about how we can improve our mental and physical well being by staying active.
While many people understand that exercising regularly is good for their health, they may not understand exactly why they should do it. As human beings, our bodies naturally crave movement. Having the need for activity embedded in our DNA means that when we choose not to be active, we face consequences. Choosing to ignore exercising regularly is a conscious decision to impair the health of our bodies. Heart and lung muscles, our brain and vital organ functions slow and sometimes perform ineffectively when we starve our body of physical activity for too long. This leads to diseases that are widely preventable, such as coronary heart disease or Alzheimer’s. Without exercise, we are indeed susceptible to a plethora of negative conditions.
Aside from a better physique, increased stamina, lower risk of depression and anxiety and living longer, a new study shows just how important exercise is to maintaining our senses. In a recent study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, scientists found that exercise may reduce blindness in aging adults. Would you give 20 minutes of your day today so that you can see the light of tomorrow? We would, and we recommend you do too. At The Center for Health Internal Medicine we are strongly encouraging all of our patients to give their bodies the natural medicine of exercise.
The benefits of exercise are truly endless. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a general physical exam to determine how your body could benefit from routine exercise, or if you have further questions, please feel free to contact one of our qualified health care providers in Reno.