Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Added Benefits of Exercise

I believe in exercise. I believe that one’s physical health is directly correlated with one’s mental health. I also believe that a community and a society’s health can be also linked to the good health of its residents and members, respectively.

And that is why I worry when studies that link weight loss to air temperature literally grab headlines. I fear that these claims distract from the more basic and less attention-grabbing reality of healthy lifestyles-- exercising and balanced diets. No thermostat or the soon-to-be-developed pill can or should replace lifestyle choices. These choices, I propose, directly impact one’s own quality of life and the condition of the community around them.

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