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This just in: Exercise is good for you

July 20, 2017

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Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Dr. Robert H. Shmerling is the former clinical chief of the division of rheumatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and is a current member of the corresponding faculty in medicine at Harvard Medical School. … See Full Bio
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August 13, 2017

My name is Othman, a retired Professional 400m athlete, you stated that those who bike have 50% less chance of developing some disease, and those who walk has less chance than that… and that completely normal; because biking burn more calories than walking without hurting your tissues or heart
To reach the best possible outcome, one has to practice something that help you burn the maximum calorie excess without getting.
as a professional athlete I can say that, swimming for one hour 3 times a week is the best or 1h jog, 3 times a week, or 10km biking twice a week… walking or jogging for 20 minutes or some weight lifting, can help of course but it’s nothing compared to what I stated above…
Also notice that one, have to eat healthy sleep well, and take some supplementation in case of any deficiency, as an example, is a very powerful and natural supplement, that can boost your energy and whole body health.
Also eating too much calories especially during the night can make your liver suffer and transform that excess to a liver fat…
Thank you for this article.

Arthur J Siegel M.D.
July 24, 2017

Beyondaddressing “how much” exercise is beneficial,
HHB readers should also consider ” how much is too much!”.
As quintessential examples of pursuing optimal heart health, long distance runners especially are advised to consider:
‘Can pre-race aspirin prevent sudden cardiac death during marathons?’
Arthur J Siegel M.D., Timothy J Noakes, M. D.
an editorial in the current British Journal of Sports Medicine, which is free online worldwide.

July 21, 2017

In 1974, While I was studying for my Thai medical exams I came across a book in Sirirat Hospital library that contained dozens of studies from animals to clerks and postmen to longshoremen with different physical work loads. Together these studies showed indisputably that exercise prevents degenerative diseases and prolongs life. 43 years later you produce the same results. We also know what foods are good for us and what are bad. Why is preventive health not a mandated subject in all schools. This could cut billions off the amount spent in lost work and hospital treatment. Isn’t this as important as, say, history?

July 22, 2017

I agree to the suggestion that preventive health should be included in school subjects beginning from High school. Very important.

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