A new study published in the October 2013 issue of the British Medical Journal found that exercise is just as effective as drugs in the secondary prevention, the worsening of symptoms of an existing condition, of coronary heart disease and prediabetes.
Considering that all drugs have side effects and that some have debilitating and often deadly side effects, this is refreshing assurance that being physically active can provide the same benefits that drugs intend.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults get between 150 and 300 hours of moderate physical activity per week or 75-150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week. If 150 minutes seems like a burden to you, break it down into 10 minute intervals: that's just about two 10-minute bouts of exercise a day. And, don't worry, exercise doesn't cause arthritis.
C'mon! You can do this! Just think... Fewer medications to take, fewer trips to the doctor, fewer co-pays to shell out, and best of all, no risky drugs.
Be sure to talk with your health care provider about taking up an exercise program and subsequently getting off your medications. Abruptly stopping any medication without your doctor's blessing can be hazardous.
If you are really motivated to get off the meds, consider improving your diet as well. Changing your diet can bring you even greater health benefits than you could have imagined!