Exercise Research

Posted by on Friday 23 Jun 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Exercise Research

More and more often these days research is appearing to corroborate the fact that exercise is good for you….. not just good for you, but essential for health and wellbeing. This article should inspire you to either start moving or to keep exercising for as long into old age as you can.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky (McMaster University in Ontario) has found, in studies where blood is drawn immediately after people exercised that many positive changes occur throughout the body during and right after a workout. “Going for a run is going to improve your skin health, your eye health, your gonadal health,” he says. “It’s unbelievable.” If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. ……..

It’s becoming evident that nearly everyone–young, old, pregnant, ill–benefits from exercise. ….. “People think now, because of the health-club and fitness movement, that in order to exercise you need to join a fancy club and wear fancy clothes,” says Berryman. In fact, some of the best exercise, research is showing, doesn’t require a gym membership at all.” “Physical activity includes all movement, not just throwing a ball through a basket.” [Raking the lawn, pushing a wheelbarrow and weeding your garden will do it.]

Not only the heart, muscles, lungs and bones benefit from exercise. “Scientists are finding that another major beneficiary of exercise might be the brain. Recent research links exercise to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, which is second only to cancer as the disease Americans fear most, according to surveys.”

Bamman, an exercise physiologist, “is betting that with this new data, exercise will one day be prescribed to patients. Instead of leaving the doctor’s office with nothing but a slip of paper with a drug name scrawled on it, patients may also get a detailed exercise plan tailored to make their medication work better. “We think that precision will go a long way in changing behavior,” Bamman says. “We’re at a really important time in the field.” [For years I have been advocating an exercise perscription from the doctor. It would save so much patient suffering, as well as NHS funds.]

And, as Hippocrates famously wrote, “Eating alone will not keep a man well. He must also take exercise.”


Reference: TIME Health. The New Science of Exercise, Mandy Oaklander, Sep 12, 2016