Movement - the best medicine of all?
We live longer and longer. But do we live healthier? Cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and the likes are among the most common causes of death in many countries today. Fortunately, each of us have our own medicine cabinet to prevent chronic diseases.
People who exercise regularly and sweat regularly not only feel healthier, they also actually do: because exercise not only has a positive effect on weight, strength, balance and mobility, sufficient exercise even demonstrably reduces the risk of contracting a chronic illness. Here you can find out how an active lifestyle influences three of the most common diseases and how you can get exercise even on stressful days.
The positive effects of sport on what is probably the most widespread disease have long been underestimated. Today, however, it is statistically proven that people who are active in sport are 20 to 30% less susceptible to breast, prostate and colon cancer than those who are inactive. This is because regular training has an influence on the biological processes involved in the development of cancer. In addition, the risk of death is much lower in sporty cancer patients than in passive cancer patients, the effects of chemotherapy can be reduced and the risk of relapse is reduced.
Sport doesn't just keep the body fit...
...but also the brain. There is still no effective medicine that can protect us from dementia. However, regular physical activity can reduce the risk of dementia by more than 20%. It has been proven that endurance training in particular leads to the growth of those brain areas that are responsible for memory performance. People who already have dementia can even slow down the progression of the disease with regular exercise. So come on, keep moving and get your brain going.
Cardiovascular system: restrain is the wrong tactic
When it comes to making the heart more powerful and resistant, exercise also plays an important role. The positive effects of sport on the heart and circulation have been scientifically proven: For example, exercise helps to control weight, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and prevents arteriosclerosis. The majority of premature heart diseases and strokes could even be prevented with the help of a healthy lifestyle with sufficient exercise.
Tips for more exercise in your everyday life
After a long working day, many people find it difficult to get over themselves, put on their sport shoes and go running. But don't worry, you don't have to jog, swim or ride a bike every day - it simply helps to incorporate more exercise into your everyday life; because every movement is better than no movement. So if you don't have time for a daily jog or a visit to the gym, the following tips will help you stay fit and contribute to your own health:
- Park your car a little further away or get off public transport one stop before your actual destination to walk the rest of the way.
- If you have a short commute to work, you can also cycle or walk - not only your body, but also the environment thanks you.
- Get yourself a pedometer and try to cover at least 10,000 steps every day. Those who have not yet reached this goal in the evening can also replace the couch with an evening walk.
- There is always time for a short and crisp workout, even if it is only seven minutes.
- Stairs or elevator? Clearly stairs!
- Make an appointment for sport or a walk together - not for coffee.
- For all TV junkies: Use the advertising breaks for a little exercise in between. A few push-ups, knee bends and torso bends fit into any short advertising break.
Now it's up to you: Overcome the inner saboteur and stay healthy - because as the saying goes: "He who rests, rusts".