Physical activity is imperative for the human body to function at peak efficiency. Doctors are encouraging everyone to add exercise into daily routines. There is even some recent evidence to indicate that exercise can be more effective in treating diabetes than prescribed medications.

A team of researchers from the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford University School of Medicine worked together to determine the effects of exercise on a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes.

Previous findings were confirmed that exercise works with the body to naturally bring blood sugar back to acceptable levels.

While prescription medication is still the go-to treatment for most diseases such as diabetes, these researchers are hoping that their results will encourage medical professionals to be more diligent about recommending exercise to patients.

Exercise at a moderate pace is currently recommended for at least two and a half hours a week. Cardiovascular exercise such as jogging or bike riding can help to improve a number of conditions. Even for individuals who are not currently active, a brisk walk can help lower the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

It is possible that by adding regular exercise to our daily routines we can reduce or eliminate our dependency on prescription medications.

For individuals who do not regularly exercise, consider these simple ideas to add physical activity into your life:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park in a spot farther away from the door to add walking to your everyday errands
  • Clean your house more often to add activity into your routine

Just adding a few simple tasks will help get you moving, raise your heart rate, and allow you to feel the benefits of increased activity. Once you start, it will be easier to add routines such as a visit to the gym or daily walks around the block.

How could you add more exercise into your life? 

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