Jane Brody’s column this week pretty much nails it: No matter if you’ve got Parkinson’s, cancer, or are simply getting older, exercise is going to help you.
“The single thing that comes close to a magic bullet, in terms of its strong and universal benefits, is exercise,” Frank Hu, epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in the Harvard Magazine.
Study after study shows that moderate to vigorous exercise will help you. Haven’t been off the couch in a while? Get started, under the supervision of a personal trainer or physical therapist. Heart problems? Get busy — that’s the best way to pump oxygenated blood to where it’s needed. Depression? Exercise is arguably better than any drug, and it’s drug-free.
Please, read the article. It could save you life — and it will certainly improve the quality of it.