Exercising regularly boosts our overall health in both the short and long term. From increased strength and improved energy and mood, to insulating against type 2 diabetes, chronic heart disease, and high blood pressure–the benefits of being active are extensive. Here’s one more reason to get (and stay) moving–for better eye health.
Inactivity takes a toll on the eyes
Among many less-than-favorable impacts of being too sedentary, inactivity predisposes an individual to chronic vision loss. Most commonly, this happens as a secondary result of developing heart diseases and diabetes–health problems that can be kept at bay with regular exercising. In fact, many vision-impairing conditions can stem from diabetes, alone–including cataracts, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
How to lower your risks
The key is in maintaining healthy dietary habits and consistent, frequent exercise. How much, exactly, should you be engaging in fitness? Start with three or more days a week, for at least 30 minutes each time. Consistently meeting or exceeding this activity level yields big payoffs for your eyes–including a 25 percent decrease in the risk for glaucoma, and a 70 percent lower propensity toward wet age-related macular degeneration.
Be creative and committed to exercising
You don’t have to go the gym membership route to get moving and stay moving–in fact, the best way to engage in fitness is one you’ll look forward to maintaining! Try going for walks or runs near where you live or work, sign up at a yoga, pilates, dance, or martial arts studio, or join a recreational team to play your favorite sport. Whatever you choose, be creative and stay with it.
Don’t forget routine eye exams!
Taking action to maintain your best eye health is one (big) part of the equation, but it’s equally important to visit your optometrist on a routine basis. Even with a highly active and fit lifestyle, some eye conditions can evolve, and it’s always good to catch them as soon as possible.
Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
Receive an Excellent Service and Comprehensive Eye Care
Providing service in English and Farsi
19737 Ventura Blvd., Suite 201, Woodland Hills, CA 91364