Exercise, we all know it’s good for us

We all know we generally don’t do enough of it. What happens if we look at exercise as an essential nutrient for the body’s proper functioning? What does the research say about the health benefits of physical activity? The “Walking Works” report1recently released by the group Ramblers and McMillan Cancer Support in the UK had this to say 150 minutes of moderate exercise (30 minutes walk per day) would:

  • Save 37,000 lives each year
  • Prevent 6,700 cases of breast cancer
  • Stop 4,700 people getting colorectal cancer
  • Lead to nearly 300,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes

Another recent study by the British Medical Journal reported that exercise and many drug interventions are often potentially similar in terms of their mortality benefits in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation after stroke, treatment of heart failure, and prevention of diabetes2.

Further more, physical activity has been even shown to help treat depression3. One hour of exercise 3 times per week has been shown to decrease pain and disability with knee arthritis by up to 47%4and reduce progression to dementia in older by people by up to 50%5. There are so many benefits to exercise it would be difficult to list them all!

Exercising is such a simple and cheap yet powerful intervention to help with many ailments and should be an essential part of any rehabilitation strategy to getting you back to optimal health.

The question you should be asking yourself now is: Have I done my 30 minutes of exercise today?

Contact us today to make an appointment. Because your health matters.

  1. De Moor D (2013).Walking Works, Ramblers and McMillan Cancer Support
  2. Naci H et al (2013). Comparitive Effectiveness of Exercise and Drug Interventions on Mortality Outcomes: Metaepidemiological Study, BMJ 2013;347:f5577
  3. Rimer J et al (2012). Exercise for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD004366. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004366.pub5.
  4. Phoenix BW et al (2001). Physical exercise and the prevention of disability in activities of daily living in older persons with osteoarthritis. Arch Intern Med. 2001 Oct 22;161(19):2309-16.
  5. Busse A et al (2006). Progression of mild cognitive impairment to dementia: a challenge to current thinking. The British Journal of Psychiatry (2006) 189: 399-404 doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.105.014779