The Power of Exercise

Recently the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) held their annual meeting. “Exercise is medicine” is the slogan for ACSM’s public health campaign to teach people the importance of living an active lifestyle.

We know that exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, dementia, and other diseases of aging. But what most people don’t know is 16 percent of North Americans will die from low fitness/sedentary lifestyle. That’s more than the 14 percent of people who will die from “smokerdiabesity” (smoking, diabetes, and obesity combined). (1)

Get moving! Go for a walk today! You’ll feel good about yourself.

1. Blair, S. Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century. Br. J Sports Med. 2009; 43;1-2

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