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Physical fitness, sports participation and regular exercise reduce stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis, low back pain, diabetes and obesity.  Regular exercise has a profound effect on a persons function and overall well being, especially as people age.

Exercise and athletic capacity can continue into old age and can mitigate or reverse the physiologic consequences of aging.  Aging has traditionally been consider to cause decreased function, increased susceptibility to disease and loss of independence.  These effects of aging have been shown to be more a part of a long-term sedentary lifestyle than a persons chronologic age.    

The incidence of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer is exploding.  This leads to extremely high health care costs including continually expanding prescription drug costs.  The 40 year old with diabetes, obesity, and depression is now on disability and taking 9 different medications all with multiple side effects.  There is perfect pill.  It is called exercise.  

Exercise, Sports and Physical Fitness

  1. Decreased obesity
  2. Decreased diabetes
  3. Decreased stroke and cerebrovascular disease
  4. Decreased heart attack
  5. Decreased cancer
  6. Decrease high blood pressure
  7. Decreased anxiety
  8. Decreased depression
  9. Decreased osteoporosis
  10. Decreased low back pain
  11. Increased function
  12. Increased emotional well being
  13. Side Effects: may mitigate or reverse the physiologic consequences of aging

 The information provided is for reference purposes only and is not a substitute for professional care. 


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  4. Chen AL, Orthopaedic Care of the Mature Athlete, AAOS 2011 

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