Exercise as Medicine
Jena Walther, MS, CSCS
I recently had a client ask me to write the benefits of exercise on a whiteboard to help motivate her. This struck me as funny since I assume that everyone knows the benefits of exercise. Thus, in an attempt to excite and motivate the rest of you about exercise, here is a list for your whiteboard!
- Improved Health Status: Lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, higher “good” cholesterol (HDL), improved glucose tolerance, musculoskeletal maintenance (nerves, muscles, bones), and lower risk of chronic disease (e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis)
- Higher Fitness: Ability to complete daily activities with more ease & vigor, Increased sports performance
- Improved Physical Appearance: Who doesn't mind looking good?
- Improved Mental Health: decreased risk for depression, greater self-efficacy (the “I can do anything!” feeling), Alzheimer’s Prevention.
So get out there and get it done, accumulate 30+ minutes of moderate-to-high intensity or 60+ minutes of low-to-moderate activity every single day – your heart, lungs, brain, and every other organ in your body will thank you.