exercise can cure almost everything! We're born with a fabulous
machine that's able to repair itself almost like magic. All you
have to do is exercise and your machine gets healthier. I suppose
you want me to prove that fit people live longer. Well, the research
is subject to all kinds of interpretations, but to argue about it
misses the point. Fit people, because of all the things they do
in life, probably do live longer. Fit people, when they are seventy
years old, hike and ski in the mountains. Their blood flows easily
because it is thin, their red blood cell count is high, their lungs
are healthy, they have strong hearts. They are stronger than unfit
people in every way. They withstand trauma and disease far better.
So can I prove that fitness itself makes them live longer? No. It's
easier to show that lack of fitness makes you live shorter.
are much less likely to spend money on illegal drugs; they don't
need them. If all Americans got into sports, and exercise, the
government wouldn't have to spend so much money policing drugs.
Fit people don't smoke cigarettes, so they're less likely to get
cancer. They aren't fat, so they have fewer heart attacks. On
the job they have less "down" time from colds and flus, which
reduces their own medical expenses and the costs to their employers.
Wow! At the rate I'm going, I believe I can come up with a good
argument for curing the national debt with exercise! And, if you
believe your excess fat is caused by faulty metabolism, let me
enlighten you - even that problem can be "cured" by exercise.
psychological benefits go way beyond the measurable physiological
effects. People involved in exercise and sports are harder to
ruffle. Exercise is a great stress reliever so the daily little
irritations of life are easier to accept. The guy who flips you
off during rush hour traffic probably doesn't exercise. Depression
is even relieved by exercise. So if everyone exercised think how
few gloomy and angry people there would be in the world!
these magic pills I call "King Muscle Pills." I'd like to send
you some but they're not approved by the FDA, approved by the
surgeon general, or sanctioned by the American Medical Association.
But I tell you, take two of these pills with a glass of water
AFTER a half hour of exercise, and I guarantee you'll feel better.