WHAT 1 ACTIVITY IS ASSOCIATED GOOD HEALTH, DISEASE AND DEATH?

Baby-thinking

According to the World Health Organization:

1 ACTIVITY

 has been responsible for providing the following benefits:

  • reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer and depression;

  • reduce the risk of falls as well as hip or vertebral fractures;

  • improve bone and functional health;

 

Thinking TeenagerAccording to the World Health Organization:

1 ACTIVITY

has been responsible for affecting adolescent children:

  • Globally, 81% of adolescents aged 11-17 years were deficient in this 1 activity in 2010. Adolescent girls were more deficient than adolescent boys, with 84% vs. 78% not meeting WHO recommendations.

slide-1-stressed-outAccording to the Centers For Disease Control:

1 ACTIVITY

has been responsible for affecting adults:

  • In 2011, more than half (52%) of adults aged 18 years or older did not meet recommendations for this 1 activity.

According to a study published in the Lancet (a prestigious medical peer reviewed journal) avoiding this:

1 ACTIVITY

  • has been responsible for global deaths and major diseases including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and colon cancer. Researchers estimate that avoiding this 1 ACTIVITY could be responsible for around one in 10 cases of heart disease (10.5%) and just under one in five cases (18.7%) of colon cancer in the UK.

  • It estimated that avoiding this 1 ACTIVITY has caused more than 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008. That comes out to just under 10% of the total deaths.

What 1 activity is responsible for so many benefits as well as so much disease and death?

EXERCISE

Maybe these statistics will put this 1 ACTIVITY in better perspective and create a clearer understanding that exercise is NOT JUST A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY performed when time permits. In reality, it is an essential activity required to prevent disease and maintain a strong structural foundation necessary for good health and quality living.

EXERCISE vs. SEDENTARY LIVING

Which team will you be joining?

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43 comments

  1. No way I could have said it better! Again, thank you for all your hard work. You are making a difference. Cheers!

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    1. It is difficult to make the word “EXERCISE” create much impact on people in general. They know they are “supposed to do it,” but it doesn’t really matter to many if they don’t. This article intended to uncover some “REALITY” for those who never realized just how important exercise is.
      Thank you as always for your ongoing support and your recipe contributions that provide wonderful selections of delicious healthy choices. For those of you looking to add a healthy arsenal to your food selections, I highly recommend you go and visit: https://eatfromeden.com/

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  2. Excellent! I try to remind my family that exercise can be any added and sustainable movement or push against another object, so if you love to wash your car, do it every week. If you love to dance, do it every night. If you love to clean, an average day gives you plenty of opportunity to do what you love and be healthy, and if your house is already spic and span, come see me. I have some life-saving yard work I’ll let you do. 😉

    Thanks, Doc! Great post!!

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    1. Love your concept about finding an activity that brings satisfaction and doing it on a regular basis. Any physical activity is better than prolonged sedentary “activity.”

      You know, we are similar to lawnmowers. For many, there is a belief the act of mowing a yard is tedious. While the lawnmower sits in the shed or garage the grass grows ugly in appearance while making it more susceptible to weeds and disease. The act of mowing the yard is not the difficult part; pulling the start cord IS. Once we begin the process the act itself becomes less difficult. As we complete the task and look back on what has been accomplished, we smile and feel better for doing it. Kinda sounds like exercise, doesn’t it?

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  3. Excellent post. I was getting the feeling that was the activity. The one activity people never find the time for. Good message. Love the way you delivered it.

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    1. People generally do not “find the time” to do activities they don’t enjoy. That is human nature. Making the time to exercise, however, becomes an activity we do in order to live the life we choose and reduce the chances for an early grave. Those choosing to abstain increase the chances of being future contributors to the statistical information I provided. I’ve been exercising for over 38 years and am NOT one of those that “lives for the burn.” I do appreciate the benefits of exercise which has given me the physical ability (at nearly 57 years of age) to participate in all activities in life I enjoy.

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      1. That should be everyone’s goals. To live a happy and healthy life beyond our 50s.

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  4. Healthy Not Nuts · · Reply

    Exercise Team, thank you! 🙂

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    1. I believe you’ve made a wise decision. I hope this helps you live many years capable of doing ALL activities in life you enjoy.

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  5. I’m on Team Exercise!! Nice post.

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    1. After reading many of your posts, why am I not surprised? 😀 Keep up the good work!

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  6. I wonder how much people associate “exercise” with feeling bad or bad memories, and therefore don’t do it/think it’s not something they need. I, for one, tend to have bad associations with the word (it makes me think of gym class, and how many people enjoyed that?). But I have no issues with dog walking – and I love that. That gets me to walk many, many miles a week, even though I never consciously think of it as exercise.

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    1. Emotions play an enormous role in our quality of life. They contribute heavily to many eating disorders as well as obvious depression. I agree with your comment regarding a negative association between exercise and gym classes. Now that I have given it some thought, I blame the schools and the gym classes. An activity that increases energy, creates better mental clarity, produces better quality sleep and makes it easier to physically and mentally function should not be viewed by children in a negative light. I believe the act of “imposing” gym classes rather than creatively designing physical activities that children can enjoy may be a reason. It all comes down to the MIND and how we view the activities we assign the title, “exercise.” For you, walking Choppy is a pleasure,yet qualifies as needed exercise that produces physical and mental benefits. I think many associate “The Gym” with formal exercise which does produce negative feedback. Each person needs to search for activities that enrich their lives AND produce the benefits that exercise provides.

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      1. Yes! I’m sure in elementary school, I got a lot more out of recess, which was also a lot of exercise. It wasn’t structured, and no one called it exercise, but we played games, ran around, and got exercise without even knowing it.

        I’m still one who will not go to the gym, but I am happy to take a long hike, or a bike ride, or just a pleasant walk. I recognize them as ‘exercise’ at some level, but it’s less a formal activity, and more a part of my life that I find pleasant and necessary to well-being.

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        1. Spot on! Substituting the word “movement” with exercise works well with my philosophy regarding good health. Now, if I can figure how to share some of your “grey matter” with the rest of the world, I believe we could make this a better place to live. Keep living life to its fullest and enjoy the wonderful environment surrounding you.

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          1. Yes! I like that substitution.

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  7. Scary numbers!
    I sign with you for the exercise team 🙂
    Hugs, David

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  8. Keep up the good work. You are helping motivate many readers.

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  9. Reblogged this on Time No Matter and commented:
    A wonderful blogger…..please have a read and go on over and check out his blog….and he’s a good man on top of it!!!

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    1. One sweet lady! Thank you again, Kat! 🙂

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      1. you most welcome, and I am getting good feed back from some of my blogger friends…all positive…..

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        1. In a world filled with “noise” and negative distractions, it’s nice to hear you’re receiving some positive feedback. Thank you for all your help.

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          1. I love the WP community…I have yet to ever get negative feed back…only honesty…I can’t believe how much everyone here is about helping, caring and encouragement….wonderful community….where no matter what the background we all come together for the better good….anything else I can do let me know….kat

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  10. As always another good post….and why is it we all hate exercise so much???? well maybe not all of us…LOL kat

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    1. Probably because we are “supposed to do it” and deep down, most people have a little rebellion in their bones.

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      1. that would be me!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this important message. Stay healthy and happy.

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  11. Great article. The statistics are compelling. I wonder if the many comforts we enjoy in North America are the very reason we are in this perdicament. In many third world countries you can count the number of escalators a city has , which means people have to take the stairs alot. Maybe that is not always a bad thing.
    They say that bad habits are easy to form and hard to break. And good habits are hard to form and easy to break. I think there is some truth in that. This is not to attack smokers, but as the saying goes, “sitting is the new smoking”. With this new job I got 1.5 years ago I can feel my body weakening. there is so much sitting. .trying to workout on a regular basis to offset this. We will see.

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    1. I like your analysis of good and bad habits. I believe it is often the case. As far as your sitting and exercise is concerned, why make it an attempt to offset the potential “damage.” Why not set a timer to change your working position AND incorporate exercise to address other physical and emotional/mental needs. Changing the work station position becomes the “offsetting” event and exercise becomes the additional “POSITIVE” event. People need to change their mind sets from settling for “neutral” to striving for greater end results. Just a thought.

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  12. I spent the last 2 years caring for parents and completely ditched self care. I KNOW! TERRIBLE PLAN. But I went back to yoga this spring and this week added 1 mile walking before work. That was thanks to your post about getting up at 3 to exercise. We are our own worst enemies, instead of best friends.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences. I’m certain many people will be able to identify and empathize. I am so glad to see you have begun reversing the trend and once again creating greater self value and self worth. I’ll bet this has also given you more self confidence. Your story is inspirational proving that anyone, anytime can transform themselves improving the health and quality of their lives. I’m proud of all you’ve accomplished.

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  13. I believe it is a mixture between healthy living (not smoking, eating sensibly, not using recreational drugs and drinking in moderation) and NOT being sedentary on a day to day basis. If you are busy all day long then the body is in motion. You need only to increase your sustained heart rate four times a week in order to build on your physical fitness and improve your general well being. There is no need to be in the gym everyday. The heart is a muscle and if trained the same as all others in the body, it will work better and more efficiently thus giving us a much increased level of life enjoyment.
    Well, that’s what I think….

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    1. I agree completely with your position. Being active (both physically and mentally) creates a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment as well. Working toward achieving a more BALANCED life in a dynamic world seems to produce the best outcomes.

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  14. Very compelling post and an eye opener!

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    1. Hopefully this creates greater awareness about the concept of exercise and the relevant role in plays in maintaining greater health and function. Aesthetics is one of the LEAST important aspects! Would you mind sharing whether you exercise and whether this information has altered any priorities in your life? I do not ask this to put you on the spot, but rather to help other readers that may find themselves in similar situations and feel isolated in their emotions.

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      1. I started walking about 17 years ago after the birth of my seventh child. I was about 70 pounds over weight. So, I am proud to say that I have walked off and on, mostly on for all of those years! In the past year due to stress etc. I have been not as active but still walk at least 30 minutes a day, it was about 1-2 hours before. So, your article has reaffirmed this important aspect of my life. I am 54 and tend to break my walks up now about 3 –20 minutes each. I have kept that weight off for quite a few years. I gained 10 pounds and now am trying to get that back off. I also really liked your article about thinking about your life, that really hit home!

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        1. You are doing fantastic. The object is to incorporate exercise; not to become a slave to it. It sounds like you have found a realistic approach that offers health benefits without interfering with the rest of your life. This is important. Your cooking can be another source of positive feedback. Looking to create healthier options (in addition to less healthy choices) can satisfy multiple needs. Once again, it is about establishing a BALANCE in life. The more we practice this, the better we become at it. Healthy options are no longer viewed in a negative way.
          The trick to reducing the 10 pounds is by focusing on the PROCESS of healthy living instead of the WEIGHT SCALE. Our bodies are pretty intuitive; satisfy its real needs and it will take care of your health (by maintaining strong immune function) and reduce your weight (for optimal performance.) If I was a betting man, I’d bet on you!

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          1. Your really supportive and have given me good ideas! I am way too focused on the scale!!!!!

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            1. My mission is to help people create long term patterns that create successful outcomes. The scale has never been a “tool” achieving this goal. I share new approaches and ideas that often require paradigm shifts in thinking and behavior, yet provide REALISTIC solutions that prevent the yo-yoing effects most people experience. If we keep returning to diets and patterns of behavior that have failed us in the past, they are likely to fail us in the future. Many hold on to the hope that, “this time is different,” when in fact, it usually isn’t.

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              1. Yes this is so true!

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