On Best “Medicine”

Last year, I bought my 23-year-old daughter a lifetime program with Slimmers’ World. She needs the weight loss. For her health. Her work. Her love life. As I expected, she procrastinated for several months and can’t seem to start exercising. She drives instead of walk or run … her office desk has taken over her where muscles are supposed to be used.

My “millennial” daughter needs to have will power enough not only to moderate her food intake. But, also her iPhone and digital gadgets’ use so prevalent in today’s generation. Well, I suppose this is also true to a lot others older than her! Globally, the luxury, soft-living, and technological comfort days we have appear to hold us back to develop habits of fitness and wellbeing.

After some 2000 years and scientific studies, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is seen so right. Regular exercise is man’s best “medicine.” For example, in one chapter of his book on digestive diseases, Hippocrates mentions walking 40 times. He prescribes brisk walks, short walks, early morning walks, after-dinner walks, night walks.

For psychological and emotional disturbances, early morning walks and exercises were prescribed. Brisk walks were for losing weight and keeping one’s figure trim. It’s clear that regular daily exercise, especially walking, over prolonged years is found to prevent and inhibit symptoms of denigrating diseases.

The poets also reflect upon the nature of these things. Dryden observed: “The wise depend on exercise for cure.” And the prolific Robert Frost once smilingly remarked: “I have walked many miles with my dog. It has done me a lot of good. I hope it has my dog.” Is it true what these poets are saying in your case?

Let’s all exercise! And when you exercise, exercise as if your life depends upon it … for it does!

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