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We live in an amazing, high tech world. Every time we may think of something, the common thought/phrase has been, "there's an app for that." And that's cool, especially if you embrace technology. On the flipside, a very similar thought/phrase seems to have found its way into the world of medicine. For every possible issue out there, we are now starting to see the following trend, "there's a drug for that." It's as if we have moved as far away as possible from the key elements of health, healing and well-being and that is, exercise and nutrition. Our first line of defense seems to have shifted towards taking a drug as opposed to an all-in focus on the best "drug" available, exercise and nutrition. Let's look at some of the amazing benefits that exercise provides.


In the CMAJ, Health Benefits of Physical Activity: the evidence, it is confirmed that there is irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of regular physical activity in the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression and osteoporosis) and premature death. There appears to be a linear relation between physical activity and health status, such that a further increase in physical activity and fitness will lead to additional improvements in health status.


According to the CDC, regular physical activity can increase your chances of living longer. Science shows that physical activity can reduce your risk of dying early from the leading causes of death, like heart disease and some cancers. Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity. People who are physically active for about 7 hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week. In addition, physical activity can help assist in elevating mood and mental health. Regular physical activity can help keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp as you age. It can also reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better. Research has shown that doing aerobic or a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities 3 to 5 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes can give you these mental health benefits. This is what makes your 9Round workout so valuable, as it is a great mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening work.


It is very common to see lifestyle diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. Now, what individuals have to understand that these are lifestyle diseases, therefore, it’s the individual’s exercise & nutrition lifestyle choices that they have made that has led to such diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which you have some combination of too much fat around the waist, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, or high blood sugar. Research shows that lower rates of these conditions are seen with 120 to 150 minutes (2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of at least moderate-intensity aerobic activity. And the more physical activity you do, the lower your risk will be.


In summary, regular exercise (when combined with the right sleep and the right nutrition) is the natural drug of choice. The benefits of regular exercise are endless. Just knowing that regular exercise can help assist in preventing lifestyle diseases, cardiovascular diseases and can help assist in elevating mood and mental health and help assist in preventing premature death; sign me up, right? Exercise, no doubt, is the drug of choice. So, the next time you hear, "there's a drug for that"; your answer is...absolutely there is and it’s called Exercise!


Workout Smart, Eat Right, Get Results™!


Dr. Rick Kattouf II

2x Best-Selling Author

9Round Nutrition Coach

Named One of America’s PremierExperts® in Nutrition & Fitness

Named One Of The World Fitness Elite® Trainers Of The Year