It’s been a strange week in politics. While we don’t generally talk politics on our fitness site, one news story about our president Donald Trump did catch our attention. A recent article by writers Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher revealed something about president Donald Trump that should concern us all: he believes exercise is bad of us. The article continues with various anti-exercise quotes the likes of which we will spare our readers. But the fact remains that Donald Trump has some strange ideas about fitness.
Donald Trump’s beliefs on fitness are a problem.
Donald Trump’s beliefs on fitness are a problem. They are a problem because he is the president of the United States, and as such his beliefs and his statements have influence. The United States is faced with an epidemic of obesity and inactivity. Our healthcare system is under duress precisely because of inactivity-related illnesses and the havoc they cause on the human body. In a time when preventative healthcare is the new buzzword to save on costs, having a president who condemns physical activity is downright destructive.
And then there’s the new healthcare law…let’s just not even go there.
Let’s set the record straight: Dear Mr. Trump, exercise is not bad for you. In fact, it’s one of the few things out there that’s good for you. Here are some of the benefits of exercise:
Exercise improves vascular health
A daily dose of exercise helps improve vascular health. It improves heart health, lung health, and helps keep fresh blood circulating throughout the body. It also helps prevent strokes, which are a product of poor vascular health.
Exercise is a brain booster
Exercise helps increase the efficiency of the vascular system, which means people who exercise regularly get more oxygen-rich blood to their most important organs, especially the brain. This improved blood flow has been shown to increase performance in cognitive tasks, as well as alertness and attention.
Exercise reduces cancer risk
Exercise helps stimulate the body’s systems to be more efficient. It is linked to a lower risk of a large variety of cancers, including colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. There is also evidence to suggest that exercise reduces cancer risk for a much larger breadth of types of cancers, but more evidence is needed to solidify these links.
Exercise helps with sleep problems
Exercise has been linked to better quality sleep, which in turn is also a factor for reducing the risk for a large variety of illnesses. Better quality sleep lowers the risk for vascular disease, cancer, and cognitive problems. Sleeping longer is also associated with maintaining a healthier weight, along with diet and exercise.
Exercise increases longevity
Even a small amount of exercise can greatly increase your longevity potential. As reported in an article by the Huffington Post, there is a large body of evidence to suggest that even small amounts of physical activity are linked with living longer. This is directly attributable to exercise’s ability to reduce the risk for a large variety of age-related illnesses.
Exercise makes you stronger
Of course exercise makes you stronger physically, but it also makes you stronger mentally. A fitness lifestyle teaches you to effectively plan, set goals, and overcome adversity. Working out trains your brain to have better mastery of your body, and it teaches you how to push past your current limits to reach new heights. Mental strength gained at the gym can translate to better mental strength in your daily life.