Exercise is medicine

A few years ago, the World Health Organization created a major initiative to remind the entire world that "Exercise is medicine" for the organism, as a warning for millions of people around the globe suffering from health problems caused by their sedentary life.

Supported by the American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM) and the (AMA) American Medical Association, the WHO wanted to make clear how important sports and physical activities are; not only for prevention, but as treatments for chronic diseases .

The WHO let people know that physical inactivity is a health problem because it carries diseases as alarming as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis; and it is known that sports, or any other activity that includes movement, is effective for the treatment of these chronic diseases.

In 2009 studies revealed, that the first cause of death in the United States was having a sedentary lifestyle, because more than 50% of adults did not comply the health standards to live a healthy life.

These studies also determined that a different lifestyle could change-up to more than 40% the chances of dying prematurely, above the genetic and environmental, so people took actions with information and prevention programs in educational and health centers.

Today it is worth insisting that a low physical activity level exposes the person to continue vices such as tobacco, excess food, drugs and many others; these are enough reasons to add exercise to our lives.

Studies continue to reveal that physical activity can reduce the risk of breast cancer by up to 50%, colon cancer by 60%, incidences of heart disease and arterial problems by 40%, type II diabetes in almost 60%, stroke risk in 27%, Alzheimer's disease in 40%. It also decreases depression and drug addiction considerably.

There are definitely no excuses; we must add exercise to our daily life. Avoid diseases in your life, activate your body and get healthy so you can live your life to the fullest. See you next time…

Yelitza Coronado

 

Rinie Marin