Exercise for HealthGrowing body of research shows that exercise is mostly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses. It may also bring modest gains in lifespan. The most promising benefit of exercise is the potential increase in health span. Observational studies have already suggested that the onset of chronic illness may be postponed with regular exercise.
And exercise is not only readily available but also free. This is especially important when dealing with an aging world population with skyrocketing health costs.
The benefits of exercise has been shown in not only muscle and bone health but also in internal organs, vascular system and mental health.
The Physiology of Optimizing Health with a Focus on Exercise as Medicine.
Latest research studies suggest that exercise can be used as an adjunct therapy in cancer. It seems that exercise capacity has positive effect on survival rates for some cancers. While these are early results on cancer therapy, the benefits of exercise is well established.
Exercise type, frequency, duration, and timingThere are many variables that need to be considered to construct a correct exercise regimen.
First of all, exercise routine must be designed to a person's needs by a medical professional after a medical check-up.
These are the variables that need to be considered.
- Time of the day
- Exercise Type: Aerobic: Moderate intensity training/MIT, High İntensity Training/HIIT, resistance training, pylometric/power
- Exercise Duration
- Frequency for each type of exercise
- Dietary state at the beginning of exercise (fasted or not)
- Ambient temperature
Total volume of exercise and resting periods are variables dependant of the above. Once the above variables are set these two are automatically determined. A guideline on minimum and maximum amount of exercise per week may be determined and checked against the above.
Post exercise nutrition intake and its timing are also integral parts of the exercise routine.
Post-exercise warm or cold temperatures may have positive or negative effects. Research in this area is ongoing.