Work It Out Wednesday: Exercise is the Best Medicine – The Exercise Cure

by Ashley on December 18, 2013

Hi there! Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe Christmas is only one week away! I better start wrapping some gifts!

Straying from my usual Fit Friday link up with Jill because Friday happens to be a super special day in our house, this week, let’s talk fitness and exercise on this Work It Out Wednesday instead.

Last night my mom shared this info with me and today I want just had to share it with you. While I am not here as a part of any book promotion, I love what this author has to say.

Exercise cure

In his new book, The Exercise Cure, Dr. Jordan Metzel prescribes a cure for preexisting disease without taking a single pill or dose of medicine and even suggests that this prescription can slow if not stop the progression of existing disease. While laughter still remains a great source of medicine, he challenges that exercise is the best drug that we can take. 

Lately, I’ve been thinking and talking to a lot of people about this topic: we spend billions and billions of dollars in the US and all over the world, searching for answers and cures for several different diseases. What if I told you that I already know and have the cures and answers for many of these deadly diseases? If proven true, I would become the most sought after “scientist” in the world and would be paid big bucks to share my information. Right? Wrong. The only problem here is that we actually DO have the cure and the answers for many of theses diseases and unfortunate for me, I’m not the most sought after “scientist” paid big bucks for my information. I wish though!

Through a healthy diet and active lifestyle, many of the most common and deadly diseases would be nonexistent. Really, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, some cancers, obesity, inflammatory disease, etc. need not exist if we would all make these changes in our life.

In the US, we spend more than 350 billion dollars on prescription medications; exercise can be free and new research suggeststhat in the short term, healthy eating is only $1.50 more per day than eating unhealthy. In the long term, the medical bills that come along with a poor diet will far surpass the amount of money spent on healthy food. Why not add in a little bit of exercise and healthy food to improve your conditions (and thus your life) and possibly reduce the amount of medication that you have to take?

Dr. Metzel is not telling folks that are on medications to stop taking them but rather to use exercise as a supplemental prescription to lessen the effects of the disease (and reduce the amount of medications taken too!). Whether it be a common cold or a more serious disease like diabetes (suggested to reduce the progression by 58%), heart disease, metabolic syndrome, some cancers, obesity, chronic inflammation, arthritis, osteoporosis, depression (suggested to reduce progression by 30-50%), Alzheimer’s (suggested to block the progression by 50%!) or other disease, exercise and a healthy lifestyle can wipe these all away.

All of this comes with no side effects except an extended and better quality of life and can improve just about any condition that you have.

From the book, Dr. Metzel shares this bit of information…

A 2012 study in the journal PLOS Medicine showed that 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week (that’s half an hour of brisk walking a day for 5 days) increased life expectancy by 3.5 years. Those in the study who upped their exercise intensity increased life expectancy by 4.2 years.

Understand that this wasn’t a small group of college students measured over a few weeks. This review looked at data of more than 600,000 people.

That’s a lot of time my friends! Imagine if you had 4.2 more years with a loved one that died prematurely, wouldn’t you take it as fast as you can? I know I certainly would.

**And just to mention, when it comes to disease, medications, an exercise or nutrition regimen, ALWAYS consult your physician and registered dietitian before making any changes.**

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! Do you find this information as fascinating as I do? Do you plan on exercising today? If so, what will you be doing? It’s leg day for meeeeee <—– enter mixed emotions here! Gotta do what I gotta do, right!?

Have a great day!

Good health!

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