The Extraordinarily Powerful Health Benefits of Exercise

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A journal article published earlier this year on The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) explores the benefits of exercise as a means of primary prevention, secondary prevention and treatment for many common diseases.

You can read the introduction to the article at this link:

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h1416

A female jogging for exercise.

You’ll need a subscription to view the full article, but if you have an interest in health and current medical research, then this journal is a great investment.

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully “online first” publication…The website is updated daily with The BMJ’s latest original research, education, news, and comment articles, as well as podcasts, videos, and blogs.’

‘The BMJ’s vision is to be the world’s most influential and widely read medical journal. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. We aim to help doctors to make better decisions.’

The article promotes exercise as one of the most important things we can do to maintain health, prevent and treat many common diseases.

‘There is nothing miraculous about exercise. What is extraordinary is how long it is taking mainstream medicine to accept the importance of physical activity.’

With many aspects of our modern lifestyles designed to reduce physical activity, the challenge lies in reversing this trend.

‘Exercise is one of the top modifiable risk factors for chronic disease. Indeed, exercise produces roughly similar benefits to drugs in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation after stroke, treatment of heart failure, and prevention of diabetes.’

And in terms of mental health, exercise also has a hugely important role to play.

‘…exercise has recently been shown to reduce the risk of dementia and improve mental health.’

And the best part is that no massive lifestyle changes are required as only a modest amount of physical activity is actually required to realise all these incredible benefits.

‘The required dose is modest and achievable, with evidence suggesting that moderate intensity physical activity at even a minimum of 150 minutes a week is effective…’

Here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre we are passionate believers in this philosophy and encourage everybody to get out there and there get physically active. It can only make the world a healthier place.

‘Physical activity remains the best buy for public health.’

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