From the archives: Exercise as preventative medicine

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Moving your body through exercise can help you fight depression, boost your immunity and live a longer life.
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What if we thought of exercise as a cure for illness, and used it to ward off everything from heart disease to type two diabetes to cancer? That’s the premise of Dr. Jordan Metzl’s book, “The Exercise Cure.”

'The Exercise Cure'
'The Exercise Cure' by Jordan D. Metzl
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He joined host Kerri Miller in 2014 to talk about how exercise can be used to treat and prevent many health issues that plague Americans.

We thought you would enjoy this episode from the archives while you wait for this Friday’s Big Books and Bold Ideas — a conversation with Natalie Petrzela about the American fitness complex. Her new book, “Fit Nation,” examines how the origins of contemporary exercise culture and skillfully probes how much of it is helpful versus hurtful.


  • Dr. Jordan Metzel is a sports medicine physician at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery and the author of many books about fitness, including “The Exercise Cure,” published in 2014.

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