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Yoga: Exercise Good!

Exercise—do you get enough of it? Hopefully you do, because according to Dr. Fuhrman it’s absolutely imperative for a long healthy life. He explains:
Exercise is important for healthy psychological function and to maintain significant muscle and bone mass as we age. It has been shown to improve mental function; to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression; and to improve sleep patterns, aiding healthful cycles of deep sleep.

Ideally, exercise should be a part of your daily routine like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.
And it’s especially good for bone health. I’ll let Dr. Fuhrman continue his riff on this. Enjoy:
If you plan on living a long time, you want to have your bones last along with you. A good measurement of your bone density and strength is to test the strength of the muscle that moves that bone. Bone density correlates perfectly with muscle strength. As we condition our muscles and gain strength, our bones thicken and strengthen along with the muscle. Without regular exercise along the way, your bone structure can deteriorate as you get older. Some people survive with weak bones, but their quality of life suffers when they are immobilized by arthritis and osteoporosis.
Personally, I’m an exercise nut. Between running, weight-training, and yoga I spend at least eight hours working out every week. Oh! Speaking of yoga, check this out. A new study claims Yoga can help breast cancer survivors from all walks of life. The Cancer Blog is on it:
A new study from researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine shows that yoga can benefit ethnic minority breast cancer survivors, particularly African-Americans and Hispanics, as well as those from under-served communities.

During the 12 week study, researchers compared quality of life measures between two groups of women with early stage breast cancer; one group took a weekly yoga class and the other group didn't. More women in the non-yoga group experienced a worsening of social well-being compared to the yoga group. The yoga classes seemed to offer social support, which may have helped counteract loneliness and isolation, which is common after a cancer diagnosis.
Pretty cool—right? Now, if you’re a gym-rat like me and like reading about exercise and fitness. Be sure to peruse DiseaseProof’s new exercise category. Your one-stop-shop for all your exercise news—well, not really—but they’ll be lots of information in there for sure.
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