I was going to put this in the weight loss thread, but I think this deserves a highlight of its own, especially since it’s not just for people who want to lose weight.
The single best thing we can do for our health
(spoiler alert: it’s exercise, even walking)
As the doctor narrating the video said, it ameliorates so many different kinds of health problems – he lists knee arthritis, progression through dementia/alzheimer’s, diabetes, hip fractures in post-menopausal women, anxiety and depression, fatigue – and raises quality of life and lowers your risk of death.
One longitudinal study (of 50,000 people) looked at the number of deaths that would have been avoided if certain risk factors had not been present. It found that more significant than smoking, obesity, diabetes, etc. was the risk factor of low fitness, ie., low fitness was the strongest predictor of death. Even if you’re obese, if you’re obese and exercise, you reduce the impact of the negative health consequences of obesity.
The amount to aim for (and exceed if possible) is 150 minutes a week. That breaks out in one way to 30 minutes, five days a week. I had been walking 30 minutes 3 times a week, and I’ve started increasing each walk to at least 50 minutes.
I found this video really motivating, and I hope you do too.