If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (thank you) you’ll know that I exercise for eye health…and eat for it…and take supplements for it. As much as I focus on my fitness, I do have a minor obsession about my vision wellness. By minor obsession, I mean that I think about it very regularly. There are a lot of reason for that, but I won’t bore you with them in this post. I’ve already tapped into it in previous ones.
Yes, it is Possible to Exercise for Eye Health
Early research published in the Retinal Cell Biology journal showed that you can exercise for eye health as you work to get in shape – or stay that way – on a regular basis. The research indicated that regular workouts could help to protect against eye damage. Over time, that protection can help to prevent macular degeneration (AMD) or reduce its progression. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 years and older.
Beyond that, exercise for eye health can be a secondary benefit (though my obsession still places it in a top spot in my opinion) to other advantages of regular physical activity. For instance, workouts on a regular basis can also help to prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes. Since one of the risks of contracting diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, it means that doing your workouts to keep that disease away will also protect your vision.
Which Workouts Are Best for Vision Support?
As far as I can tell, if you exercise for eye health, it means that you’re staying active overall. There isn’t a specific eyeball workout that is recommended to make sure your vision stays perfect. That’s just not how it works. The key is to use physical activity to boost the overall wellness of your body, which directly supports your eyes and the processes that go on within them.
For example, in the study I mentioned earlier, researchers studied two groups of mice. The first group was able to access an exercise wheel. The second group didn’t have access to that awesome mousey gym equipment. After four weeks had passed, the researchers used lasers to treat the eyes of the mice in a way that replicates age-related vision loss in humans. Following the treatment, they examined the eyes of the mice. What they found was that the mice who kept up their workouts experienced as much as 45 percent less eye damage than the ones without the mouse gym.
This showed that yes indeed, you can exercise for eye health, and it makes a serious difference. A 45 percent reduction in eyeball damage is absolutely huge! So, since I happen to be a physical trainer and have access to even better knowledge an equipment than mice with a wheel, I consider my workouts great for my overall fitness and fantastic for my vision wellness.
I figure that this combined with the best eye health supplements I can find and a balanced diet that contains a lot of vision-friendly nutrients, I’ll be doing my best to keep up my end of the bargain between myself and not going blind.
Since this month is Vision Awareness Month, it seemed like the right time to talk about vision health again. You’re welcome!