One of the easiest ways to prevent chronic disease is overlooked for the most part by the mainstream. Exercise is an answer that is too often overlooked.

But we should not fault the mainstream medical community, as so many people enjoy doing. We only visit the doctor when there is something wrong with us not when we are healthy. Our own wellbeing and health is our own responsibility and no one else, we live our lives and should be masters of our ship.

And it is now no secret that lack of exercise most likely leads to and compounds chronic disease conditions.

Tackling Disease with Physical Activity

There is a growing body of evidence indicating that lack of exercise could be a primary cause of chronic disease and illness. Conversely, increased physical activity and exercise can be effectively used in the rehabilitation and successful prevention of inactivity caused dysfunction.

Physical inactivity is thought to be the primary cause of 35 different chronic conditions

The effects of lack of exercise include, but are not limited to: the loss of functional capacity associated with chronological ageing, metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic liver disease, cardiovascular disease, cognitive disorders, cancer, reproductive diseases, disease of the digestive tract, pulmonary and kidney disease.

Even in abbreviated form, that is an extensive list!

In the USA it is estimated that 92% of adolescents and 95% of adults do not meet the minimum activity guidelines set out.

That is a quite staggering statistic. Hippocrates in 450BC wrote, “If there is a deficiency in food and exercise the body will fall sick”. WHat Hippocrates knew then has not changed at all in 2,500 years!

Of course in those days they were somewhat more hit and miss as to what worked for the body from a medical perspective, but he managed to get this observation absolutely spot on.


In 1953 Morris et all compared the health of bus drivers with the health of the conductors that worked on the busses back then.

The conductors who were physically more active had a 30% lower incidence rate of cardiovascular disease than the inactive bus drivers. Results like these were not an isolated case, yet with the technological advancement of the western world we have gradually moved less and less and this trend does not look like turning around.

As a result, incidents of chronic illness is causing havoc in our lives and economically costing us billions each year.

By changing our way and being more active we can minimise the effects of the diseases mentioned earlier, in today’s app generation where everything is tracked in real time and expressed with increasing speed, we want a pill to fix us immediately. There are however a couple of fundamental flaws – the drugs now do not and cannot mimic the adaptive health and physical activity benefits.

When we are physically active we change on a cellular and genetic level, adapting to challenges of our environment and tasks we are participating in.

The best medicine is to be active as much as you can

Your training sessions a couple of times a week is good but make it a mission to generally move more, if you are inactive at present time starting walking, even short distances will have benefit for your health. While the kettle boils or during advert breaks in a movie or TV show, do a few lunges, crunches or push-ups. It all counts!

There are many reasons we can be struck down, some we can do very little about, but do not make lack of exercise one of them!

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