This video is freaking brilliant. I have never seen anyone explain the benefits of exercise better than this doctor. Here’s the question of the day: What treatment is proven to help reduce the risk of arthritis, hip fractures in post-menopausal women, diabetes and hypertension, dementia/Alzheimer in older people, depression, and heart disease in the general public? Is it a superpill or a wonder plant? Is it an injection? Is it a type of surgery? None of the above. The treatment that helps with all of the above and so much more is a low-tech as you can get: exercise.
Here’s the deal–you don’t have to be a triathlete. You will get real benefits with just 30 minutes of a half-assed activity such as walking. You can spend the remaining 23 1/2 hours of your day doing other stuff. If you are balking at the idea of 30 minutes of exercise, you’re probably too far gone to be helped.
I have to point out the video is definitely directed towards the super sedentary. While I agree that any form of exercise is better than none, I tend to believe that to achieve complete fitness, you have to turn up the vigor and intensity. Although thirty minutes of daily walking may help keep many diseases at bay, that is not the same thing as being fit. To me, fitness is not just about being disease free (which is a low baseline), it means being able to live my life without any physical limitations. That’s why exercise is not negotiable. It’s going to happen, rain or shine. If I can’t go outside, I’ll workout inside. If I can’t do an hour, I’ll do half. If I can’t run three miles, I’ll do one.
Enjoy the video, but get off your ass now and get some exercise!
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