Back when I was in high school, Alanis Morrisette sang a song entitled, “You Learn.” In this song, she tells us that sometimes we have to swallow that jagged little pill. I often think about this analogy when I am faced with something I don’t want to do, but have to. This could be laundry, cleaning my car, or even just getting out of bed. I wonder if I could simply avoid these chores with a pill.
It makes me wonder, would you take a jagged pill to replace regular exercise?
Of course, many of you, being politically correct, would say no. You would deny that you would take a pill. However, our habits as Americans would contradict these words of denial.
Not only can exercise NOT be found in a pill, but it is a habit that can change your medication destiny. Did you know that exercise has the potential of eliminating some or all of your meds? It’s true! In fact, Diabetes, for example, is the #1 disease that can be controlled by exercise. Many other conditions, such as heart problems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure can also be controlled better or entirely with a regular exercise program! While genetics may be the one thing you can’t control, you can control your environment and behavior. You can control your own exercise habit.
Despite the many excuses I hear for why people don’t exercise, I don’t think we really have a choice forever. There is no substitute for exercise. You can avoid it, but it will catch up to you in a variety of diseases and conditions. In the end, you can either take that exercise, or endure a shorter life with many (potentially expensive and uncomfortable) pills.
My Rx for you? I advise that you go for a walk today. Lift a few weights. Stretch yourself and take a full breath. It will make you feel better and only has positive side effects: stress relief, calorie burn, and endorphins!