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Exercise Triple Play

Posted by bmagnus On October - 9 - 2009

Research keeps finding more benefits to regular exercise. Just yesterday, we have 3 news items reporting 3 ways exercise is good for people. While two are admittedly specific to people with particular medical problems, one applies to everyone.

First, it seems that exercise might extend the lives of people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This is great news, because “Many patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) die prematurely, but many of those deaths aren’t directly related to kidney problems….” The same meta-study found that non-surgical weight loss was of great benefit to obese CKD patients.

Another meta-study shows that regular aerobic and strength training is of benefit to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, like most exercise, the benefits are not expected to last long the program is stopped. Although they weren’t the focus of the studies, water-based programs are suggested for RA patients.

Finally, yet a third meta-study shows that just exercising is enough to make people feel better about their bodies. In fact, “People who don’t achieve workout milestones such as losing fat, gaining strength or boosting cardiovascular fitness feel just as good about their bodies as their more athletic counterparts.” So even in the unlikely event that you were to get no other benefit out of exercise whatsoever, you would at the very least feel better about yourself.

Time to get up and move your body.

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