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Exercise is Medicine

I found this video “Exercise and Cancer” produced by ABCTV Catalyst and  thought it’s worthy of sharing. It shows that “Exercise is Medicine!” and that we can boost our immunity system with exercise. Exercise is free! No side-effect. On the other hand, it transforms human body and fortifies it against diseases.

For numerous years, exercise has been used as part of rehabilitation programmes (protocols) for patients in intensive care units, medical and surgical wards and helps them to effect physiological changes and regain functional independence. It’s intriguing to see that scientific studies are now providing evidence that “targeted” exercise can help to fight cancer. These studies also show that when exercise is used simultaneously with either chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer, they jointly produce fantastic health outcomes. If this is happening in a diseased system, imagine the benefits it will offer in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. We don’t have to wait for disease to invade our body systems before we engage in exercise.

People with existing medical conditions (such as cardiac and respiratory problems etc.) still benefit from exercise. It is advisable that this group of individuals, especially if they are new to physical training/exercise, should consult qualified healthcare professionals, before starting out in training. Do yourself a favour. Be proactive; take active steps to healthy living.

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