In the cases of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke sufferers, exercise was just as effective as medication. (Heart failure was the only area where Rxs where noticeably more effective.) This means that people who exercised instead of taking the most commonly prescribed medications had the same chance of surviving or dying from the disease. We hear you: It doesn't sound all that impressive to break even when it comes to the odds of dying from a disease. But, when you factor in the side effects of medications and the role genetics plays in some of these issues, it's hard to argue against exercise as a healthy alternative — and a potent one, at that.
So, the next time you're weighing sleeping in vs. a quick morning jog, keep in mind that working up a sweat is doing your body a big favor. (The New York Times)