Dementia, cancer, depression, backache ... the incredible protective benefits of physical exercise

In the short and medium term, physical activity improves mood, self-esteem, stress control, posture and balance, sleep, concentration, weight control, maintaining fitness and physical appearance ... without real complications.

While physical inactivity is the fourth highest risk factor for death in the world according to WHO, sport, and more generally physical activity, is a simple and effective way to stay healthy. . If one looks for all the studies that relate to the benefits of physical exercise, the heart, the skeleton, the joints and the muscles are the first apparent beneficiaries. But the improvement of the general state is much deeper.

Some patients are sometimes surprised that they are prescribed physical activity in the treatment of diseases where the simple fact of putting on sneakers seems off topic ... As for example in large respiratory insufficiency, patients with back very disabled, or in cancer case. This is an excellent advice.

Physical exercise, a universal medicine

The drug that works in obesity and cardiovascular disease, in diabetes and depression, which slows down aging and prolongs youth, exists! What's more, it is free ... But unfortunately, often not or badly prescribed by too many doctors. This product really miracle ... it's physical exercise!

Apart from the direct effects detailed below, physical exercise brings undeniable psychic well-being: cutting off daily routine, relieving hostility, strengthening social bonds, feeling of competence and control, improvement self-esteem, better stress management, decreased anxiety and feelings of depression, better mood, improved sleep and quality of life. Studies have shown very clearly that regular exercise also decreases depressive thoughts, anger, mistrust and stress. A biological action similar to taking antidepressants has even been measured.

Attention, "physical exercise" not "sport"

Most articles about the benefits of exercise are confusing with sport. There is no notion of competition and surpassing oneself in the exercise. This is fundamental to not give a negative image and a sense of impossibility to people who often have a lot of difficulty to walk a few tens of meters at the beginning of treatment.

All these tips should be considered when prescribing a medicine. A "medicine" that involves a whole series of indications, precautions and contraindications. This is where the doctor should intervene and it is probably because of a lack of knowledge that he does not approach the subject as often as he should. In its defense, it must be said that even if they seem trivial, all these notions have been verified and published in major medical conferences only very recently.

Who says medicine, says prescription

Why does exercise make you lose weight and inactivity swell the belly? Quite simply because our genes are not far removed from those of the caveman whose main concern was to hunt. Try to run after a hare and you will understand why they were thin and had developed a savings gene that allowed them to store for times of famine.

Modern man has sought remedies for the diseases of poverty. He forgot that he still has this saving gene - and probably for a long time. A gene which, far from protecting it like its ancestors, now, on the contrary, puts its very existence in danger. Now survival for hundreds of millions of people on this planet, through the fight against the pathologies of opulence and the stress of modern life.


Where is physical exercise prohibited? Virtually nobody ... But beware! At no time were we talking about sports. It is our heartbeat, their speed, which defines the area from which we move from one to the other. While sports can sometimes be dangerous, physical activity with a high limit on heart rate has never killed anyone ... This is exactly what your doctor needs to explain; Just as, depending on your morphology, your age and your tastes, he must advise you the type of activity to practice.

Then, as in any good prescription, there are the doses. Be aware that small daily times are less effective than 3 to 4 good weekly sessions. To verify the accuracy of these tips, which may make you smile or shrug your shoulders, there is an unstoppable proof: the blood test. In less than three months of regular activity, for example 1 hour three times a week, all those who are limited in blood sugar, or cholesterol or triglycerides, can see the exceptional effectiveness of this prescription.

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