A client of mine sent me a link yesterday to an article posted in the New York Times. You can read the article in its entirety here. It is funny and sad at the same time that there has to be an article in a publication as widespread as the New Your Times to get this message across to people.
A couple of things I want to point out to you….
First and foremost, the first thing you’re going to read is the title of the article, which is “Exercise as Potent Medicine.” My initial, and only response to that is very simple: NO SHIT!!! You don’t need a doctor to tell you that getting your lazy ass up off the couch can get help you lose weight, reduce your medication, look and feel better, save money, and become an overall healthier individual. But hey, what do I know, right? I’m just a dumb personal trainer.
Second, and what I thought was equally disturbing, is something you’ll find toward the end of the article. It is stated in the article that drugs and exercise can have the same affect on certain conditions. Then, in the following paragraph, it is noted that only 5 PERCENT of the experiments in the current analysis involve exercise!! ONLY 5 PERCENT!!!! I am a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of research to show that exercise is beneficial, even for those who have been diagnosed with certain illnesses and diseases. But 5 percent?? Come on. That’s ridiculous. We don’t need research to prove that exercise is healthy, but we do need more than we have to see how it can effect/benefit people who are ill.
I found this article interesting for a few reasons. Namely the fact that something like this, that seems so obvious to me, is not even on the radar for most people. This is pretty troubling in my opinion because it is a solution to a major problem. It isn’t an easy solution by any means (because most people know exercise isn’t always easy) but it is most definitely an effective one. My hope is that people will not only read article like this and educate themselves on this topic, but apply it to their every day lives as well.