Doctor Andy’s Wellness Corner
By: Andy Marrone, D.C.
Redmond Ridge Chiropractic
So far in the past months we have been covering the six pillars of health. The next one is Exercise.
According to a study done in 2001 by the National Institute of Health, 70% of Americans do not exercise the required 30 minutes per day. About 24% of Americans get no exercise whatsoever. What would happen to a health wild animal if they were caged up and never allowed to exercise? Would they get healthier or sicker? It would get as sick as the average American.
Why do we fail to exercise? The key here is thought process. Most people think of exercise as OPTIONAL tools for improving sports performance, losing weight or enhancing the way we look. What we need to realize is that exercise is not optional. It is a REQUIRED nutrient.
According to the Journal of Applied Physiology, 2002, the following health benefits have been seen from exercise. Note that in this study exercise was defined as 30 minutes of brisk walking per day:
91% reduction in Type II Diabetes
50% reduction in death by stroke
50% reduction in heart disease (costs the U.S. $501 million per day)
Improve blood pressure and cholesterol
60% reduction in breast cancer
50% reduction in pancreatic cancer in obese people
72% reduction of lung cancer in smokers
50% reduction in colon cancer
60% reduction in osteoporosis
(note: osteoporosis costs the U.S. $38 million per day in fracture treatment alone!)
Improved digestion and bowel function – the U.S. spends more money on drugs for indigestion than any other condition
60% reduction in alzheimers
52% reduction in dimentia
Increased immune function
Ok, so I’ve tried to exercise, I can’t get motivated. How do I get started? Here are some tips to get you started. Wake up five minutes early tomorrow and stand outside. Add 5 minutes each day until you’re waking up 1 hour early. What will happen as you’re standing outside? You’ll begin to move around and you’ll start to walk. Join a gym and for the first 30 days, just get in the habit of going. It doesn’t matter what you do when you get there – just create the habit. Then you can fine-tune your workout. Join group exercise classes or exercise clubs. Start a walking or running club. These create comradery, group motivation and accountability. Hire a personal trainer or health coach.