Science, not Pseudo-profound Bollocks*

Topic: Exercise IS Medicine!

The health benefits of exercise have been noted since Biblical times. Modern science has confirmed the ancient wisdom. (And a stroke of irony: Yogalates fuses an ancient discipline with a modern one )

Proven: Physical activity can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease / stroke / type 2 diabetes / breast and colon cancer / depression / falls

Proven: Physical activity can greatly improve sleep / endurance / even sex

October 2013 BMJ (British Medical Journal) study found that exercise is often as effective as drugs at
preventing death from the most common killer diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and
diabetes.

An April 2014 study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that regular aerobic exercise
appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
The list goes on, and on and on…….

It’s medicine, it can be free and has very few side effects…..

….why wouldn’t you?

If you’re finding motivation difficult, take this prescription:

Aim for half an hour of moderate physical activity most days of the week, or 150 minutes a week. And, if that seems daunting, start with just a few minutes a day, and increase the amount you exercise by five or 10 minutes every week until you reach your goal.

If you don’t want to walk, consider other moderate-intensity exercises, such as swimming, stair climbing, tennis, or dancing, dog walking, walking groups. And of course don’t forget that household activities can count also, such as floor mopping, yard work, or anything that gets your heart pumping so much that you break out in a light sweat!

Adapted from Harvard Medical School, publication July 2014

  • Title adapted from: On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit. Judgment and Decision Making, Vol. 10, No. 6, November 2015, pp. 549-56. (igNobel prize-winning paper 2016)