Chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes high blood pressure, arthritis, obesity, asthma are some of the draconian diseases many Indians are suffering from.
Two things can easily save us from these diseases and resultant miserable life as we age. But we just don’t care. Don’t care about our body, suffer brutally, age as a pitiable person, & yet regular exercise and good nutritious diet both are not on our agenda.
“Those who think they have not time for physical exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” Edward Stanley
Regular exercise and nutrition-rich diet are the panaceas of most of the disease we suffer or likely to suffer.
According to Mayo The clinic, benefits of Exercise:
- Heart disease. Regular exercise can help improve your heart health. Recent studies have shown that interval training is often tolerated well in people with heart disease, and it can produce significant benefits.
For people with high blood pressure, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease and lower the risk of heart disease progressing.
“Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.” Gene Tunney
- Diabetes. Regular exercise can help insulin more effectively lower your blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help you control your weight and boost your energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, exercise can lower your risk of dying of heart disease.
“Diabetes can be successfully prevented and managed by a healthy lifestyle. When not managed, it can lead to severe organ damage and death.” Tedros Adhanom
- Asthma. Often, exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
- Back pain. Regular low-impact aerobic activities can increase strength and endurance in your back and improve muscle function. Abdominal and back muscle exercises (core-strengthening exercises) may help reduce symptoms by strengthening the muscles around your spine.
- Arthritis. Exercise can reduce pain; help maintain muscle strength in affected joints and reduce joint stiffness. It can also improve physical function and quality of life for people who have arthritis.
- Cancer. Exercise can improve the quality of life for people who’ve had cancer, and it can also improve their fitness. Exercise can also lower the risk of dying from breast, colorectal and prostate cancer.
- Dementia. Exercise can improve cognition in people with dementia, and people who are active on a regular basis are at less risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.
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We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising. Kenneth Cooper
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services;
Participation in regular physical activity at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on at least five days per week or 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity at least three times per week is critical to sustaining good health.
Regular physical activity has beneficial effects on most organ systems. It helps to prevent a broad range of health problems and diseases.
People of all ages, both male and female, derive substantial health benefits from physical activity.
Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness in India. Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:
- Reduces the risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other conditions;
- Reduces the risk of developing diabetes;
- Reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure;
- Reduces blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure;
- Reduces the risk of developing colon and breast cancer;
- Helps to maintain a healthy weight;
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints;
- Helps older adults to become stronger and better able to move about without falling;
- Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety; and
- Promotes psychological well-being.
Regular physical activity reduces morbidity and mortality from mental health disorders. Mental health disorders pose a significant public health burden in India and they are a major cause of hospitalization and disability.
Regular physical activity also appears to enhance well-being.
Regular physical activity along with a nutritious diet is key to maintaining a healthy body.
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Call to Action
Exercise must be made compulsory daily activity in schools, colleges, offices. It should be compulsory for housewives and retired seniors. Work less should be fine but skip exercise should be a publishable offense.
We need the Fit India revolution to counter India suffering from a chronic disease epidemic.
If You Don’t Exercise Today, You Are Staring At A Painful Future, a future which is not too far.
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