Why is Exercise Important?
Have you ever heard the statement “Exercise is Medicine”? You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again – exercise is important and effective. Although the majority of people likely agree with that statement, the CDC states that only 24.2% of Americans are meeting the standards.
So, how do we reset our minds? Let’s try an exercise (pun intended):
Question: What if there was a pill you could take that boosted your overall health and alleviated your physical ailments? This pill causes minor side effects and offers a plethora of benefits including:
- Improved memory and brain function.
- Protection from chronic disease.
- Promotion of weight loss or weight management.
- Decreased blood pressure.
- Boosted heart health.
- Improved sleep quality.
- Reduced feelings of anxiety and depression.
- Improved joint pain and stiffness.
- Maintained balance and muscle strength.
- Increased life span
If these benefits were available in pill form, people would be lining up around the block for it, correct? Although there isn’t a pill that can achieve all of these benefits, adding exercise into your daily routine will provide these health benefits and more. Exercise is important!
“If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.”
-Robert Butler, National Institute on Aging
If exercise is medicine, why aren’t people using it? The most common excuses for inactivity include lack of time or energy, limited access to equipment, family obligations, limited mobility, and health problems. Luckily, there are some easy ways to combat these barriers.
- Squeeze in short bursts of exercise throughout the day.
- Wake up early to fit in a workout before life gets in the way, or better yet, make it fun by including your loved ones in your exercise routine.
- Find creative ways to be active – go for a walk or roll outside, take the stairs, lift small weights, use resistance bands while you watch your favorite show, or do squats at your desk between meetings.
- Seek support from friends, family, trainers, or a health care provider.
There are ways around every obstacle, and if you don’t make time for your wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness. Why is exercise important? To help prevent future health problems and alleviate the symptoms of current ones.
At EA Therapeutic Health, we are firm believers that exercise is medicine. We are on a mission to ensure that people with all abilities are able to reach optimal health and wellness. Our Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Trainers work with each person we support to develop customized plans for a strong and healthy life. Why is exercise important? It will help you take control of your health and wellness.
Ready to overcome your barriers and enjoy all the health benefits exercise can give you? Contact our team to discuss your individual needs, join us at Walk with a Doc, attend one of our events, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. We look forward to welcoming you into the EA family.