Regular Exercise Will Save Your Life
Being physically active is the most beneficial thing for the human body, physically and mentally. Exercise decreases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. It treats and prevents depression, increases muscle strength and cognitive function, and prevents obesity. It’s estimated that only 20% of the people in America get enough exercise, with an obesity rate of over 25% and an overweight rate of over 35%. Depression is a worldwide disorder that affects over 117 million people. Although it can lead to other disease and is one of the primary disabilities, it is treatable. The primary treatments include medication and therapy however exercise can treat and prevent depression just as well as medication in a lot of cases (Behrman, 2014). Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Americans. 1out of 4 deaths in America is the result of heart disease. The two main causes of heart disease are high cholesterol and blood pressure and are typically treated with statins and ACE inhibitors, however with proper exercise both of these issues can be controlled just as well and without side effects. As people grow older in age they can have a decline in cognitive ability, resulting in dementia such as Alzheimer’s. Staying active and exercising regularly keeps the brain healthy and elastic, preventing breakdown. Evidence suggests that regular exercise is more beneficial to our general health than taking medication because it decreases the risk of heart disease, decreases depression, increases cognitive function and has no chemical side effects.
What is exercise? Exercise doesn’t have to be running on a treadmill or lifting a lot of heavy weights. It’s really any activity that increases the heart rate, causes labored breathing and makes the muscles work harder than normal. It can include activities such as kayaking, hiking, ice skating, volleyball, or even a brisk walk. The