FLASH!: More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of medication (The almost free cure for many of society’s ills)

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Here’s a way that we could cut healthcare costs by billions;

Everyone should take a 1/2 hour walk in the evening.

Easier said than done given our busy lives, but if one has time to watch Netflix one also has time to exercise. Heck, get a treadmill and watch Netflix while taking a walk.

The benefits of even a very moderate amount of exercise are immense and nearly immediate. It improves one’s mood. Lowers blood pressure. All sorts of stuff.

Plus it really sticks it to the pharmaceutical industry and central planners in Washington.

Just a 1/2 hour walk. You’ll feel great.

(From The AP)

People who are physically active tend to live longer and are at lower risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. Yet fewer than one in four American adults exercises enough to reap those benefits, the agency says.

Dr. Edward Phillips, a Boston physician, is so sold on exercise he pedals on a stationary bike that’s integrated into his office desk. Phillips said exercise is “like taking a little bit of Prozac — an antidepressant — and a little bit of Ritalin, which is a stimulant.”

“Our bodies are meant to move,” he said.

Indeed we’re engineered to move.