Exercise Is Medicine

In recent years there has been a paradigm shift in medical thinking and the emphasis has been on the prevention rather than treatment of disease. This is due to a number of landmark clinical trials showing that several chronic diseases can be prevented from occurring, or reversed once they occur.

The simplest cure for most of the health problems is EXERCISE.

Scientific studies have shown that regular physical activity can drastically reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, optimize blood sugar levels, facilitate stress management and reduce the incidence of heart disease.

Physical activity includes, walking, running, jogging, sports like cycling , swimming etc or exercising in the gymnasium.

The simplest form of activity is walking, for the very reason that you can do it at your own convenience, and it can be done anywhere, with no equipments required.

The best time for walking would be one which you are most comfortable with, preferably an hour after meals.

It can be divided in small bursts of 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a day , so that by end of the day one would accumulate at least 30-45 minutes of regular exercise.

Even though you have been possibly walking since the age of 1, ageing leads to wear and tear of our joints and gives rise to musculoskeletal issues like arthritis.

There are however safe and specific techniques to continue your regular walks, which would help you avoid injuries and strengthen your muscles.

For those who find it difficult to set aside 30 minutes from their schedule for exercise or walks, there are tips to be followed at work, so as to stay health and active at work too.

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