A client or ours recently had a check up with their optician and was surprised when the optician asked if he’d been doing exercise since the last time they checked the eyes. Since starting the exercise program with us four months before, the blood flow had significantly increased to the eye. This is highly beneficial for eye health.
It’s another reminder at just how important movement/exercise is for over all physical health. Everyone is focusing on fat loss, six packs and such but there are so many other benefits vital to your health and wellbeing.
So back to the eye. How does physical exercise benefit the eye?
- Increases blood flow to the eye which means an increase in oxygen and nutrients to the eye
- Your risk of eye diseases such as glaucoma are significantly reduced
- Nutrition for the eyes is also important to prevent damage from oxidative stress caused by free radicals
- A healthy diet which is high in vitamin C, A and E goes hand in hand with exercise to supply the eye with the nutrition it needs for longevity and optimal function
- Research shows that Cataracts — cloudy areas in the eye — can be reduced by 50 percent through performing regular physical exercise
- Aerobic exercise is known to lower intraocular pressure (IOP), which protects retinal ganglion cells
The bottom line? Exercise is vital to your entire body, not just body composition which is what most of the media focuses on.
Here’s to seeing things clearly 🙂