Fitness provides and host of benefits ranging from improved mood, energy boost, improves sleep, reduces stress, improves hdl (“good cholesterol”), reduces stress, improves sex drive, and much more (Mayo Clinic). Regular exercise can help prevent and manage (metabolic syndrome) high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 Diabetes, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and the elderly from falls. What a list! We could continue to expound on this list.
This is an impressive list and the best part of the list that can be improved is that there are really zero side effects to fitness when done correctly and under supervision. So, if you wanted to give yourself the best chance to overcome anything health related we should choose fitness first. How much fitness? 3-5 Hours a week. If you want to increase your odds even further we should focus on our diet. Eat more vegetables, avoid processed foods + vegetable oils (polyunsaturated, no sugar, and get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
I’ve listened to podcasts from Doctors that have had patients with 30% kidney function improve kidney function up to 50-60% from cutting out sugar and putting patients on an exercise routine (CrossFit). Miranda Olroyd was in a car accident years ago walking around for days with a broken neck, unbeknownst to her. So bad in fact that the doctor told her to immediately go to the ER (after looking at her x-ray) and that if she sneezed she could become paralyzed. Addicts have managed and overcome addiction and attributed overcoming their demons with the discipline of exercise and the self-esteem boost it gives. Type 2 diabetes is becoming regularly reversed by patients exercising and making nutrition/life-style changes. We’ve had athletes get of blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, reverse fatty liver disease, and many athletes approach us and tell us that if wasn’t for exercise and community they wouldn’t have managed life as well.
By combining diet and exercise we can profoundly affect our longevity and give ourselves the best fighting chance to survive whatever life throws at us. The strong and healthy have a distinct advantage in life. Sure they still can succumb to illness as the rest, but they are better prepared for injury, illness, and life’s woes. I doubt many would disagree.
THE CORONAVIRUS AND FITNESS:
The pandemic has created widespread panic and hardship. Sickness, death, and financial distress. This has been a global tragedy that is effecting everyone. As doctors and researchers fight Covid it has been interesting to find out what they are finding out about fitness. I’m not saying fitness prevents or cures Covid. I am saying that if you are working out and eating well you are doing well for yourself vs. others that have made the decision to neglect their health.
From the University of Virginia: ” Regular exercise may reduce the risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome, a major cause of death in patients with Covid-19, a top exercise researcher reports”
In a European Scientist article, Aseem Maholtra explained that poor public health before Covid-19 is making the effects of the disease worse. His most important point might be that obesity isn’t the only health concern.
“Normal weight metabolically unhealthy people have more than three-fold fish of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular events than those who are normal weight and metabolically healthy. There’s no such thing as a healthy weight, only a healthy person.
Translation: Eating poorly can mess you up internally even if you don’t appear to be overweight and unhealthy. Just because you are thin, doesn’t make you healthy.
This is not a debate on weight stigma or anti fat bias. The assertion isn’t that overweight people are more likely to die from Covid-19, it’s that people with metabolic syndrome are far more likely to die.
The good news is that you can rapidly improve your health by changing your diet now and starting an exercise program, or continuing with what you already committed to. Given the speed at which health markers for metabolic disease improve from dietary interventions, an equally strong if not more significant health message should now be to ‘eat real food…and save lives, “Maholtra wrote.
If you aren’t eating well or exercising now you have the opportunity to make a change and we can help. If you fell off the wagon, now’s the time to get back on it. You don’t want to look back months or years from now and go through the what if’s. We can help you get back on course and become healthy again.
Coronavirus is a legitimate concern, and, as our authorities state, prevention is best. For now, this means social distancing and regular hand-washing.
Pandemic or not, the best prevention of disease is always the best plan. For us this means adopting a healthy diet and regular exercise plan. This gives us the best fighting chance for whatever life throws at us be it physical harm, disease, stress, anxiety ect.
Your health is in your control. What are you going to do with it? Don’t wait around for something to happen, be proactive until we can meet again and our countries gym’s are once again an essential business. While I understand the importance of social distancing, it has been increasingly difficult to not push back against the essential vs. non-essential businesses able to operate. Seeing how important health is and all. I think one could argue people being able to pursue health and fitness as more essential than a construction company being able to continue building. There are workers in the room next to us building still, about 6-10 of them, some smoking inside and outside of the building.
Just doesn’t line up. Plus I’m ready to get back to work!