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Improvement of Health Through Physical Exercises

The rising costs of health care services and the lifestyle of contemporary people are closely intertwined. Articles “Improved muscular efficiency displayed as Tour de France champion matures” and “Bone mineral density response to caloric restriction or exercise induced weight” and video “Disease Prevention” reveal different aspects of reducing health care costs and improvement of health through physical exercises.

Today, people grow more and more concerned with their health because health care costs become unaffordable for them, while the lifestyle of people is one of the major causes of their health problems. In this regard, the article “Improved muscular efficiency displayed as Tour de France champion matures” refers to the experience of six-time champion of Tour de France, who has recovered after cancer treatment. The article reveals an important fact that the physical shape of the champion has improved consistently as the champion matured from the age of 21 to 27. After 27, the champion has reached the maximum physical performance and, what is more, he has managed to recover after cancer treatment, to return to sport and to win the champion title.

The article “Bone mineral density response to caloric restriction or exercise induced weight” by D.T. Villareal and others focuses on the comparison between caloric restriction-induced weight loss and exercise-induced weight loss and their interaction. The authors arrive to the conclusion that physical exercises are essential for the effective and healthy weight loss. The authors stress the importance of exercises as more efficient way to lose weight compared to caloric restriction-induced weight loss.

Finally, the video “Disease Prevention” is the presentation of key ideas of Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who identifies major causes of poor health of contemporary people, including sedative lifestyle, poor food culture, and dangerous habits, such as smoking. He insisted on the importance of responsible lifestyle, healthy diet and active lifestyle that will allow saving health care costs. Thus, active lifestyle, physical activities and healthy diet are essential for good physical shape of people.

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Coyle, F.E. (2005). “Improved muscular efficiency displayed as Tour de France champion matures.” J. Appl. Physiol., 98, p. 2191-2192. Retrieved on September 29, 2011 from http://www.edb.utexas.edu/coyle/content/armstrong%20article%20JAP.pdf
Disease Prevention (2006). Retrieved on September 29, 2011 from http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/192055-1
Dubovsky, S.D. et al. (2006). “Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension May Enhance Associations between Air Pollution and Markers of Systematic Inflammation.” Environmental Health Perspectives. 114(7), p.992-1001.
Villareal, D.T. et al. (2006). “Bone mineral density response to caloric restriction or exercise induced weight.” Arch Intern Med, 166, p. 2502-2511. Retrieved on September 29, 2011 from http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/166/22/2502