Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases

Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases.

Chronic diseases are major killers in the modern era. Physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases. The initial third of the article considers: activity and prevention definitions; historical evidence showing physical inactivity is detrimental to health and normal organ functional capacities; cause versus treatment; physical activity and inactivity mechanisms differ; gene-environment interaction (including aerobic training adaptations, personalized medicine, and co-twin physical activity); and specificity of adaptations to type of training. Next, physical activity/exercise is examined as primary prevention against 35 chronic conditions [accelerated biological aging/premature death, low cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2max), sarcopenia, metabolic syndrome, obesity, insulin resistance, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease, hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, endothelial dysfunction, arterial dyslipidemia, hemostasis, deep vein thrombosis, cognitive dysfunction, depression and anxiety, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, balance, bone fracture/falls, rheumatoid arthritis, colon cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, polycystic ovary syndrome, erectile dysfunction, pain, diverticulitis, constipation, and gallbladder diseases]. The article ends with consideration of deterioration of risk factors in longer-term sedentary groups; clinical consequences of inactive childhood/adolescence; and public policy. In summary, the body rapidly maladapts to insufficient physical activity, and if continued, results in substantial decreases in both total and quality years of life. Taken together, conclusive evidence exists that physical inactivity is one important cause of most chronic diseases. In addition, physical activity primarily prevents, or delays, chronic diseases, implying that chronic disease need not be an inevitable outcome during life.

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Sam says December 15, 2013

I’ve always wondered if its not the exercise but the movement. From;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lymphatic_system

“… Lymph is the fluid that is formed when interstitial fluid enters the initial lymphatic vessels of the lymphatic system. The lymph is then moved along the lymphatic vessel network by either intrinsic contractions of the lymphatic passages or by extrinsic compression of the lymphatic vessels via external tissue forces (e.g. the contractions of skeletal muscles)…”

The lymph node system cleans the body and the blood. If you filter oil it behaves better. Maybe the same here. Another thought. Fasting seems to help clean the body. How does it effect the lymph nodes? Could it be the largest beneficiary of the organs/systems from fasting?

A rally good stretching program is,”Miss Craig’s 21-Day Shape-Up Program”. Been around forever. You can get copies used cheaply. For an even better price the excellent 5BX (Five Basic Exercises) Plan. Quote from;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5BX

“…The RCAF asked Orban to develop a fitness program for their pilots, a third of whom were not considered fit to fly at the time. The plan was innovative in two respects. Firstly, it did not require access to specialized equipment. Many RCAF pilots were located in remote bases in northern Canada, with no access to gymnasium facilities, so it was important to offer a means of keeping fit without their use. Secondly, the plan only required 11 minutes per day to be spent on the exercises.

While performing research in Illinois, Orban had noticed that, when testing oxygen intake, long periods of exercise did not necessarily lead to significant improvement. This led him to the conclusion that the intensity of exercise was more important to improving fitness than the amount of time spent on it. This aspect of the plan drew a negative reaction from others in the field but the 5BX program proved its worth in the three years of testing that the RCAF performed before releasing the program…”

5BX easily found free searching for “5BX”.

Yes I know there’s a contradiction in intensity in 5BX and what I said at first. Maybe you have to have both full movement and intensity. The intensity part cleaning the muscle tissue or maybe providing higher pressure to clean out hard to clean spots. Maybe lots of repetition would make up for intensity. Now I just rambling I’ll stop.

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Sam says December 18, 2013

Followed the link. You know his has been invented or found at least three times. Canadians WWII, the post you posted and NASA. I remember reading a book of my Dad’s written by physician, physical fitness guy or something like that. He said NASA tested exercise for the space programs and came to the same conclusion. It was a long time ago late 60’s or early 70’s. I remember he was big on sprints. Can’t remember the name of the book.

I want to add something about “Miss Craig’s 21-Day Shape-Up Program”. If you do this program your posture will be excellent. Automatically. After I did it for six months one time I was sitting in a chair and noticed I was sitting perfectly straight. Knees forward. Just like you would see in some 1960’s book given to children on how they should sit. It was a bit surprising it felt so comfortable. I slouched a little in the chair and felt extremely uncomfortable. Sit up straight again and immediately feel relaxed again. You will feel uncomfortable unless your posture is correct.

Another odd thing. It seems to happen all at once. Like the body morphs into a new form or a least you don’t notice it until you have a “moment” where you notice it all at once.

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