Exercise is the Best Medicine!

Exercise as Potent Medicine

From the New York Times / December 31, 2013

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) compared the effectiveness of drugs versus exercise to decrease the chance of death in people who have heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke, or diabetes. The exercise routines were most often part of rehabilitation programs and consisted of activities such as weight training, walking, aerobic and other forms of exercise. The results of the study showed that drugs and exercise produced the same results – People who suffered from any of these chronic conditions who exercised regularly had the same lifesaving benefits from exercise and risk of death as those who took medications to control their chronic conditions. Exercise was demonstrated to have the most profound effect on reducing mortality risk in stroke. The results of this study show that exercise can be a “potent medicine” in treating these conditions and promoting longevity.

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