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Treating Chronic Disease With Exercise

Fox News has finally begun to cover the sort of cutting edge health information that I have preached for years. In a new report, they discuss the ability of exercise to treat chronic diseases. This is hardly a groundbreaking discovery, but is extremely important information nonetheless.

Exercise triggers the formation of new mitochondria, which helps prevent heart failure and other chronic diseases.
People who engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week, had a 33 percent lower risk of heart failure than inactive people. Even previously inactive people who started exercising later in life reduced their risk of heart failure by 22 percent. 

Over 50 percent of American men, and 60 percent of American women, never engage in any vigorous physical activity lasting more than 10 minutes per week. This despite a growing body of research clearly showing that "exercise deficiency" threatens your overall health and mental well-being, and shortens your lifespan.

That said, even if you fall into the other half of the population that exercises or are even a highly competitive and fit athlete, you may still endanger your health simply by sitting too much. For example, one 2012 analysis that looked at the findings from 18 studies found that those who sat for the longest periods of time were twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease, compared to those who sat the least.

The easiest and simplest strategy is to merely stand up, and then sit back down. But the evidence suggests you'd be wise to go a little further — especially if you only exercise a few times a week, or not at all. There are plenty of ways to get movement in during your work hours. I urge you to read this article on intermittent movement.

When it comes to exercise, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) combined with intermittent fasting is the most effective combo I know of. There is no better way to take control of your health than combining movement, exercise and a healthy diet.
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