Exercise: Why A Little Each Day Keeps The Doctor Away! | Judy Foreman

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AN INTRODUCTION TO JUDY FOREMAN:

Judy Foreman, the author of A Nation In Pain (2014), The Global Pain Crisis (2017), and Exercise Is Medicine (2020), all published by Oxford University Press, was a staff writer at the Boston Globe for 23 years and a health columnist for many of those years. 

Her column was syndicated in national and international outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Baltimore Sun, and others. 

Judy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College in 1966, spent three years in the Peace Corps in Brazil, then got a Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

She has been a Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was also a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis. 

She also hosted a weekly, call-in radio show on Healthtalk.com

She has won more than 50 journalism awards, including a 1998 George Foster Peabody award for co-writing a video documentary about a young woman dying of breast cancer and the 2015 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers for her book, A Nation In Pain.

In the episode, Judy shares how exercise impacts our heart, brain, mood, and immune system; the most fascinating facts she learned about exercise while completing research for her book Exercise Is Medicine; the best type of exercise for optimal health…and more!


QUESTIONS I ASK JUDY IN THE EPISODE:

  • What’s your story (specifically, what led you to become a journalist)?
  • Did you always know you wanted to be a health journalist?
  • When did you first become interested in health? In exercise?
  • Why should we exercise? How does exercise boost health and slow aging?
  • Does exercise extend both lifespan and healthspan?
  • How much exercise does it take to reap the benefits?
  • Does the type of exercise matter? Which is best?
  • How bad is a sedentary lifestyle? Why is sitting so bad?
  • Is exercise’s biggest benefit on the heart? What does exercise actually do for the heart and circulation?
  • What about the brain? What does exercise do for the brain?
  • What about its mood-boosting properties? Can exercise really combat depression?
  • Can exercise help boost the immune system?
  • When should we exercise? Does time of day matter?
  • What are some of the most common exercise “pills”—and do they work? 
  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on some common beliefs people have…
    • “If I exercise, I can eat whatever I want.”
    • “I’m too old for strength training and high-intensity workouts.”

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