Nov 05, 2014 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments
We’ve come a long way from our earliest ancestors. They worked: walking, running, dragging, lifting. Today? We work our fingers. We push a button, reach through a window, grab a bag of food (800+ calories), push the button again, using a whopping 13 calories.

The cost of this ease? Our health.

Exercise or lack of it and its impact on health have been studied for decades.  According to Edward M. Phillips, M.D., Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, doctors “need to use their prescription pads to promote the most cost-effective and potent treatment we know:  exercise.” He noted, “Last year, a groundbreaking mega-study found that exercise is similar to many drug interventions in preventing early death in patients with coronary heart disease, heart failure, recovering from stroke, and in preventing diabetes.”  That means the effect of exercise on the body was similar to drugs!
Another study showed people with moderate hip osteoarthritis might avoid hip surgery with exercise. Another confirmed that exercise significantly reduces the risk of dementia.
These are gold standard, peer-reviewed studies. The evidence is so clear that the American College of Sports Medicine created a certification called, yes, Exercise is Medicine.
I have seen clients reduce or eliminate blood pressure medication after 6 months of our programs. So, if you’d like to get on the path to better health, exercise!  Simply taking a walk is a great place to start. Do it today!

For help with your exercise program, call Ann-Marie at 404-435-6367