What if I Told You…

Rx:  30 minutes per day             5 days per day

Rx: 30 minutes per day
5 days per week

What if I told you…

I have a pill that is so AMAZING that it could be considered magical and miraculous and, in fact, this is well established in journals in renowned medical fields.

With this powerful “medication” you will be protected in your life’s journey, no matter where you travel.  It will improve the quality of your life, making all things possible.  It could give you success in family life, relationships, and in business, making you more charismatic and secure and safeguarded in all feats.  You will be able to maintain your weight and control your appetite, giving you an alluring and captivating physique and chiseled body.

Furthermore, this “pill” will reduce stress, thereby changing your bad luck into good luck.  You will be more optimistic and enthusiastic about life.  It will relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger.

With this “wonder drug” you will have the mental fortitude and improved self-image to do such great phenomena as achieving the promotion in the field of your choice.  You will be able to answer difficult questions with ease, and you will even be more attractive to the opposite sex!

This pill will stave off major serious diseases and disability.  These include such illnesses as heart disease, dementia, diabetes and depression and obesity.  It will bolster your mental health in astounding ways.

You will be able to sleep better and more soundly, leaving you more exuberant about living and loving and laughing.
When the “pill” is taken it quickly circulates through every part of the body, blood, veins, muscles and tissues, recharging the whole system with powers that refuel the nerve cells and every organ, destroying disease, germs, and restoring new energy and power.

PLEASE USE THIS “PILL” with CAUTION!

Do you want to know where to get this medication?

You can get it anywhere!  And it doesn’t even have to cost you any money!  The medication is known as EXERCISE!

Exercise as Effective as Medication

Exercise as Effective as Medication

In a recent blog in the New York Times, entitled “Exercise as Potent Medicine” by Gretchen Reynolds, exercise has been shown to be just as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating leading causes of death and chronic illness.  A recent study, published in the October, 2013 issue of British Medical Journal, showed researchers comparing how well drugs and exercise succeed in the reduction of deaths among people who have the diagnosis of such chronic diseases as diabetes and heart disease.  Researchers commented:

“Our results suggest that exercise can be quite potent” in treating heart disease and other conditions, equaling the lifesaving benefits available from most of the commonly prescribed drugs, including statins. Statins are at the center of a debte about new treatment guidelines that could vastly expand the number of people taking the drugs.  The results also underscore how infrequently exercise is considered or studied as a medical intervention.”

“The results consistently showed that drugs and exercise produced almost exactly the same results. People with heart disease, for instance, who exercised but did not use commonly prescribed medications, including statins, angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors or antiplatelet drugs, had the same risk of dying from — or surviving — heart disease as patients taking those drugs. Similarly, people with diabetes who exercised had the same relative risk of dying from the condition as those taking the most commonly prescribed drugs. Or as the researchers wrote in statistics-speak, “When compared head to head in network meta-analyses, all interventions were not different beyond chance.”

Exercise is one of the most effective treatments on the market.  It could definitely be referred to as a “wonder drug.”  Exercise has now been proven to be powerful in the treatment of heart disease and other chronic conditions.  In fact, it is the inactivity that leads to harm.  The effects of exercise include:  reduction in plaque formation, reduction in clot formation, reduced angina and decreased depression.  Exercise has been shown to reduce mortality and non-fatal myocardial infarctions (heart attacks that do not result in death.)

Exercise can take the form of a regular gym membership or even simple, everyday activities that keep the body moving.  We do not need any financial means to exercise.  Small steps, simple measures all contribute to exercise. Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise and boasts the fact that for each hour of walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.  It is easy to remember 30 minutes a day, five times a week and it is an easy goal to accomplish.  You will experience the benefits even if you break the activity up into 10 minute segments.

A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers described that “non-exercise physical activity is just as effective at raising metabolic rates, engaging muscles, and reducing the risk of heart disease as is formal exercise.”

The doldrums of winter have descended upon us in full force.  The shorter days and longer nights, the cold and wind and snow-covered roads and darkness keep us from our daily walking or running regime and in need of a plate of “comfort food.”  Unfortunately this type of activity is not good for our physical or mental well-being.  We need to find the motivation to simply “take a daily dose of the exercise pill.”

An article entitled “Putter, Tinker and Tidy Your Way into Better Heart Health” simplifies our acceptance of the “exercise pill” regime.  There are countless ways to “putter, tinker and tidy.”  This includes: vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, playing with the kids or grand-kids, car washing and maintenance, gardening, raking, biking, doing the dishes, mowing the lawn or shoveling the driveway, stair climbing, carrying in the groceries, pushing the grocery cart, walking the mall, waking the dog, cooking, washing clothes, folding the laundry, clean and chop some veggies, dance, skip, hop, ironing and cleaning out the closets.  Need I go on?  It includes everything but sitting on the couch or in the recliner!  They all contribute to physical activity and contribute to the benefits of this miraculous medication.

Start it now.

The prescription is yours for the taking.

Be well.

Take care of your heart. 

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2 Comments on “What if I Told You…

  1. I will take that pill…I have been negligent this winter..no excuses, right.THANKS FOR THE REMINDER ONE AGAIN!!!!

    • Winter time is especially difficult to exercise with the dark and cold. We have to be innovative in how we find ways to exercise. Walking in the Mall works the easiest for me. DVD’s offer a large variety of ideas from yoga to dancing. I understand how TIME can be a factor though. Even if you can get 10 to 15 minutes in each day, you will feel better. The American Heart Association does recommend 30 minutes, 5 times per week, but even a small dent in that sum is better than none at all. You will be surprised how much better you will feel and be able to make it through the day and have more ZIP! (good word, ZIP, huh? WE never want to lose our ZIP!)

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