Hidden Health Benefits of ExerciseDecember 9, 2008 Written by JP [Font too small?]
We all know the most common health benefits associated with regular exercise: enhanced heart health, assistance with weight management, healthier circulation and better mood. But, I think you might be surprised by some of the revelations made in a recent New York Times column by Jane E. Brody.
In her column, Brody interviewed Dr. Marilyn Moffat, a specialist in physical therapy at New York University.
Here are some of the highlights of that illuminating exchange.
Exercise was found to help:
+ COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a progressive and often debilitating lung condition)
+ Congestive Heart Failure
+ Multiple Sclerosis
+ Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
+ Parkinson’s Disease
Pretty amazing, isn’t it? There’s very little having to do with good health that exercise doesn’t affect. This is becoming abundantly clear.
Tired? Try Exercise!
“I’m too tired to exercise”. Really? Want to know my solution to that little dilemma?
Recent research from the University of Georgia shows that people who are chronically tired can decrease their fatigue by 65% and increase their energy levels by 20% if they simply participate in frequent, low intensity exercise. And here’s the best part. The people in the study only had to exercise on stationary bikes for twenty-minutes three times a week.
Heal Your Wounds!
New research from the University of Illinois may help to shatter yet another exercise myth. It appears that moderate intensity exercise may actually help our bodies heal wounds faster in two ways.
According to the lead researchers of the study, which was conducted on “old mice”, (1) exercise helped to lower excess inflammation. They also speculated that (2) improved circulation could have contributed to the quicker rate of healing in the mice that exercised.
K. Todd Keylock, a professor of kinesiology at Bowling Green State University, summarized the results by saying the following, “The key point of the study is that moderate exercise sped up how fast wounds heal in old mice”.
*** Disclaimer ***
Please allow me to make one thing very clear: Exercise isn’t appropriate in every recovery situation. Please consult with a health professional to determine what may or may not be best for you.
I hope these past few blogs will serve as a reminder to us all. We all need to make exercise a priority in our lives. I’ve already started exercising myself. I hope you’ll join me!
Tags: Arthritis, COPD, Heart
Posted in Alternative Therapies, Bone and Joint Health, Exercise