We are obsessed with out computers and gadgets, e –mail, e- commerce, e-health, yet as exciting as all of it is, it may be detrimental to your health. Before you jump to conclusions, consider that the Archives of Internal Medicine in December 2009 devoted almost an entire issue to the benefits of exercise. In an effort to combat obesity, a study was done to look at the effect of decreasing TV viewing (videos, computer and TV games) and found that the subjects decreased their food intake and increased their energy expenditure (burned more calories). Obesity is an epidemic in fast food loving, sedentary populations.
Authors from the articles concluded that: “Men with a history of non-metastatic colorectal cancer, more physical activity was associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer-specific and overall mortality.” “Being physically fit, not smoking and maintaining a normal waist girth is associated with lower risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) events, and CVD (cardiovascular disease) and all-cause mortality in men. “”Higher levels of physical activity are associated with a lower risk of decline in kidney function.” “..both higher Mediterranean-type diet adherence and higher physical activity were independently associated with reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.” Although not a complete list of all of the benefits, these are some unusual benefits of increasing your physical activity.
So why not E-xercise? Download some exercise videos, dance to music on your iPod and practice your balance while standing on line or texting your friends. Now we have Wii-fit; it’s a great family activity, has variety, and is motivating and fun. To find out what the best dose and regimen of activity is right for you, get an evaluation to target your areas of vulnerability so you can focus on your individual risks and add to an overall program.
Dr. Lorraine Maita is a Diplomate in The American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and Internal Medicine. She specializes in lifestyle, stress management, exercise, executive physicals, supplements, bio-identical hormone replacement, neurocognitive function and nutrition in Short Hills, NJ