Exercising can rival medication!

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Put on those running shoes and go for a jog instead of poppin’ that pill! You’ll feel a lot better, trust me.

You may have heard about this before, but obesity is a medical condition where a person has too much fat on their body. This is bad because it increases an individual’s risk of suffering from heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other serious health effects.

Tons of people take medication to combat these issues, but according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, exercise works just as well as any ol’ pill!

Sadly, not many British citizens are completing the 2.5 minimum hours of exercise needed to stay healthy, and more individuals are turning to pills to solve their body’s problems instead. However, researchers from the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford University reviewed hundreds of old studies totaling nearly 340,000 patients to see which of the two practices were better.

According to the results, exercise works just as well as medicine when it comes to fighting obesity-related health problems, with a couple of exceptions. “We would like to see more research into the long-term benefits of exercise for stroke patients,” said Dr. Peter Coleman of the Stroke Association. “By taking important steps, such as regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and stopping smoking, people can significantly reduce their risk of stroke.Moderate physical activity, for example, can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 27%.”

Wow, that’s a large percentage, which is why the researchers hope their results will encourage patients to put their prescription bottle down and pick up a pair of running shoes!

Featured image courtesy of lululemon athletica on Flickr. Image of running shoes courtesy of Mk2010 on WIkimedia.