Physical Activity: The New Prescription Drug

September 26, 2016

I have always been told not to exercise when I am sick. I’ve been told to lay in bed and rest, or take certain medications. Now, more and more doctors are telling people to exercise when they are diagnosed with or at risk for certain chronic diseases and illnesses. Why is this? 


While taking medicine is beneficial, exercising can actually help you more in the long run. Medicine can help treat your symptoms quickly it may also have negative side effects. Have you ever been watching a commercial about a drug and the commercial makes a big fuss about how wonderful it is?And then towards the end, when the robot voice starts speaking really quickly and is spitting out all the negative side-effects that may come with taking the drug? This makes the medicine sound like it wouldn't even be worth taking anymore.


However, if you saw a commercial encouraging you to exercise in order to treat chronic diseases, I am sure the only side effects you would hear would be "weight loss and more energy." Not, "chance of vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea, etc




Depending on your illness or disease, you may be stuck taking medicine for the rest of your life. Exercise though, has been found to reverse a lot of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, and obesity. It can allow you to wean off your medication because your body is healing itself.


By simply adding a little bit of physical activity to your day, like 30 minutes of walking, you can significantly decrease your chances of having some sort of chronic disease. So, next time you go to your doctor’s office, don't ask them about the littler purple pill, ask them about exercise.

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