Best Preventive Medicine? Exercise

What’s your preventive medicine of choice? New research suggests exercise should be at the top of your list.

We’ve known for some time that exercise reduces the risk of early death, helps control weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and depression among other benefits. Now studies are showing exercise can be used as a preventive drug.

“Exercise works from tip to toe, and it prevents and in some cases treats the most commons diseases we see,” said Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine physician at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.

Despite the many benefits of exercise, most people in the United States are still not getting enough. It’s recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity physical activity.

This is in addition to the recommendations of at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

By getting the advised amount of exercise per week or more, you’re doing your body a wealth of favors. Regular exercise can help with stress levels and promote better sleep. It has also been shown to help with stroke recovery and treating heart attacks.

If something can do that much good for you, why not fit as much of it into your life as you can? Exercise doesn’t have to be a big time-consuming part of your day. Even fitting in a few 10-minute workouts when you can would be doing yourself a favor.

Timothy Church, a physician and director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge said, “Exercise strengthens the entire human machine – the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life.”

Now that we’re in the New Year, make sure to make the time for exercise and help prevent any potential health problems.


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Magdalena J.
Alice L.2 years ago

Thank you!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Lonsdale Moon
Lonsdale Moon2 years ago

Considering so many of us now lead such a sedentary lifestyle we really need to move, especially those of us who have desk jobs, they say all that sitting will kill you, and I believe it. Though I have never seen a runner looking happy they all say that they feel fantastic. I know if I have been out walking or done something physical I do feel better. I also try to make sure I get up in every ad break if I am watching the idiot box & do some weights or something - every little bit helps.

Joel Romp
Joel R.2 years ago

loved this, great 10 minute workout link as well. thanks

Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.2 years ago


Michael A.
Michael A.2 years ago

I jog 4-5 miles almost daily.....ever since I got out of the Army, love those endorphins!

Ruth Ann W.
Ruth Ann W.2 years ago

USed to, when I got the urge to exercise, I sat down until it passed. Started walking 7 months ago. Still waiting to see results. Maybe they are inside? My dogs are loving it though. And I will not give up. I will admit to great joy when it is raining when it is time to walk...

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Luna Starr
luna starr2 years ago

we walk 2 miles and do yoga every day

JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris2 years ago

I agree - thanks!