It’s really thrilling to see stuff we write about here pop up in the popular press. Time has a cover story on exercise in its latest, 12 Sep 2016, issue. Please buy it! I guarantee you will learn valuable information on this important subject.
Mandy Oaklander does a bang up job and it is well worth the cover price if you are not already a Time subscriber.
Before quoting from it, I want to direct you to my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits).
I loved the following: “Eating alone will not keep a man well,” Hippocrates famously wrote. “He must also take exercise.”(my emphasis)
Following is the conclusion of the Time piece:
“Everyone knows exercise is healthy. Now scientists are understanding exactly why. Here are some of the amazing things that happen to a body in motion.
“Increased blood flow to the brain creates new blood vessels. Exercise also triggers the release of chemicals that dull pain and lighten mood.
“Exercise revs up blood flow to the skin, delivering nutrients to the epidermis and helping wounds heal faster.
“The body is better able to burn fat for energy instead of carbs, causing fat cells to shrink.
“Moving quickly makes the heart pump more blood to the body’s tissues, including the muscles. That extra oxygen helps muscles better withstand fatigue.
“Repeated weight-bearing contractions make muscles grow and put pressure on the bones, increasing their density.
“Exercise may protect telomeres, the tiny caps on the ends of chromosomes. This appears to slow the aging of cells.”