Exercise for diabetic health, dementia prevention, and so on…

Exercise.  What is it about that word?  For many of us the idea of moving our bodies on a daily basis seems quaint or too simple to actually work.

Fortunately, scientists have been working their hardest to perform controlled experiments to measure the health benefits of exercise.

Exercise provides the following health benefits for which we have strong scientific evidence:

  • Lower risk of early death
  • Lower risk of coronary heart disease
  • Lower risk of stroke
  • Lower risk of hypertension (and the accompanying diseases)
  • Lower risk of high cholesterol (and the accompanying diseases)
  • Lower risk of diabetes (and a method for controlling blood sugar)
  • Lower risk of colon and breast cancer
  • Prevention of falls
  • Reduced depression
  • Better cognitive function

The list is much longer and specified in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf.

The CDC recommendations for adult physical activity are:

  • For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous- intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
  • For additional and more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate- intensity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous- intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond this amount.
  • Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.

If you are looking for a reason to exercise, then look no further.  If you want a doctor who will work with you to avoid getting sick in the first place, look no further.

We are here for you, at The University Health Clinic.

About the author

Primary Care Doctor at Seattle's University Health Clinic

As a naturopathic primary care physician, Dr. Justin Steurich sees all patients with all conditions.  His clinical interests lie in working with patients with heart problems, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, and muscle and joint pain.  He is dedicated to patient education and will spend time helping you understand your problems and your options.

Dr.Steurich is currently seeing new patients and accepts most insurance plans.

Call The University Health Clinic at (206) 525-8015 to make an appointment today.



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