Just in case you still aren’t convinced…Here’s some recent studies linking exercise to increased health and reduced risk of disease:
A study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed inconceivable evidence that regular exercise and a healthy diet changed gene behavior—immune system genes activated, while tumor-causing genes down-regulated in men with low-risk prostate cancer.
The Lancet reported on a 20-year study that found a lifestyle program including diet and exercise to reduce the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in at-risk participants by 43%. It also slowed development by up to 14 years in patients that did have the disease.
The more 35+ women who exercised in an 8-year study reported in Circulation, the lower their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that young people who exercise regularly are half as likely to smoke as their non-active peers.
Arthritic patients who did the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program for 8 weeks had reduced pain, increased strength, and more function.
Regular exercise helped men ages 40-75 reduce their chances of colon cancer by 47% over 6 years, says Annals of Internal Medicine (no pun intended .
Put down the crossword and go for a walk! JAMA reported that exercise by women 70-81 increases brain power and decreases risk of cognitive decline by 20%.
“Can Exercise Snuff Out Cancer?” Get Active Magazine Summer 2008:40.