If you could bottle exercise, you’d have the closest thing there is to a wonder drug for health and energy. Exercise is the best medicine!
Exercise as Medicine
If exercise had a package insert like other prescriptions, it might look like this.
Exercise brand names
Exercise, Physical Activity, Movement
Numerous effective generics available
Aerobics, basketball, bike riding, body sculpting, dancing, gardening, hiking, housework, jogging, jump roping, pickleball, Pilates, playing with children, racquetball, rowing, stretching, swimming, tennis, walking, walking the dog, weight lifting, working out, yard work, yoga, Zumba, and many others.
Shown to be very effective for the relief of fatigue, stress, low self-esteem, insomnia, boredom, and symptoms of depression and anxiety. May prevent, improve, or delay the onset of the following conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, some types of cancer, some forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, constipation, addictions, and many other health problems.
Benefits of exercise
Increased energy and productivity, healthier body composition, increased muscle mass, increased metabolism, improved sense of well-being and appearance, better sleep patterns, improved sex life, improved appetite regulation, lower blood sugar, lower heart rate and blood pressure, higher HDL (good) cholesterol, improved blood sugar control, and reduced risk of cancer.
Patients report feeling stronger, healthier, and more energetic, focused, and productive.
Consult with your physician first, especially if you have any chronic medical conditions, heart problems, or unexplained symptoms. If you develop unexpected shortness of breath; chest, jaw, neck, or arm pain or pressure; rapid or irregular heart rate; lightheadedness; pain or any other unexplained symptoms—stop and seek immediate medical advice and attention.
Start with small doses taken most days of the week and increase gradually as tolerance develops. Dosage may be adjusted if necessary to accommodate other responsibilities. Due to the many beneficial effects, however, consistent usage is very important. Choose among the numerous generic brands available. Alternate brands as needed to improve overall level of fitness and maintain interest and motivation.
Likely to become habit-forming when used regularly.
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