"... paper after paper after paper shows that the most effective, potent way that we can improve quality of life and duration of life is exercise." - Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky
Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a genetic metabolic neurologist, is on a mission to prove exercise is medicine and he is not alone. The National Institute on Health (NIH) is said to be conducting a massive study into what exactly goes on in our bodies while in motion.
There have been many papers, as Tarnopolsky points out in his quote above that have shown the extensive health benefits of exercise. We have even written several blogs about some of those studies; benefits to the brain, aiding in cancer treatment or prevention, and even increasing ones health-span.
Why has it yet to be proven?
For one thing- exercise is hard to dose. For doctors to be able to prescribe exercise as medicine there needs to be a more defined amount and type of exercise given. Saying exercise is good for you, doesn't seem to give people enough motivation to get up and move- which may be why we are dealing with such high rates of chronic disease.
The good news is that there are people like Tarnopolsky and the NIH who are on a mission to discover that dosage - but in the mean time it is important to note that exercise may very well be a miracle drug that everyone has access to.
All you have to do is get up an move. Gardening, mowing the lawn, taking the stairs instead of the elevator - these all count as physical activity.
Try to incorporate more movement into your day and take advantage of this miracle drug that you have every right to!