(HealthNewsDigest.com) – “Exercise is a “Natural Medicine”, I coined years ago, that is! In fact, “Exercise is Medicine” is the trademark for a National Initiative started by The American Heart Association and The American College of Sports Medicine. So during this month of May, let’s start, revamp, increase, well you get my point; exercise and physical activity is the theme. In fact, one of my favorite TV programs, “The Doctor’s” has also begun an initiative “Get Moving May!” in support of National Physical Fitness & Sports Month and in partnership with the President’s Challenge. “The Doctors” are encouraging everyone of us to get a jump start on a healthier lifestyle by getting active every single day in the month of May! For more info, and to get started go to www.thedoctorstv.com/main/content/Get_Moving_May All this month, we’ll be discussing the “how to” exercise and get moving, but now let’s look at some of the why’s!
Exercise as a Natural Medicine is gaining popularity among us Americans and it is the system of medicine that focuses on the prevention and treatment of disease, overall health and well-being using natural therapies and products. Let’s focus on exercise, my favorite natural medicine, because I wonder, “How many of us view exercise as medicine for our body”? I’m not sure how many of us do, but I can suggest that almost all of us can participate in some form of exercise and all of us can reap a benefit.
According to the “World Cancer Research Fund & The American Institute for Cancer Research” as stated in their “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer’s Global Perspective Report 2007, physical activity is vital to our health and prevention of cancer along with other important healthy lifestyle behaviors, of course.
Food, nutrition and physical activity all components of Natural Medicine and now traditional medicine, have joined together in the viewpoint that exercise is vital to our health and well being. Exercise plays a role in disease prevention that includes some cancers but it plays a vital role in all. Why? Regular moderate exercise benefits every body system! Here’s how.
Increase our muscular strength, muscular endurance, and increase our bone density; all, which will lessen the risk for injury. As we strengthen our musculoskeletal system, we will function better in our daily lives during health & during illness, regardless of age, sex or weight.
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