Exercise as Medicine: Exploring Doctors’ Advocacy for Physical Activity
Exercise as Medicine
Exercise is medicine. It can help prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer. Exercise can also improve mood, sleep, and cognitive function.
Doctors’ Advocacy for Physical Activity
Doctors are increasingly recognizing the importance of exercise and are advocating for physical activity as a treatment for a variety of health conditions. In 2018, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released a new set of exercise guidelines for adults, which emphasized the importance of exercise for preventing and managing chronic diseases. The ACSM guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week.
Benefits of Exercise for Patients
There are many benefits of exercise for patients. Exercise can help to:
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer.
- Improve mood, sleep, and cognitive function.
- Reduce pain and stiffness.
- Improve mobility and flexibility.
- Increase energy levels.
- Enhance self-esteem and confidence.
Exercise is medicine. It is a safe and effective way to prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions. Doctors are increasingly recognizing the importance of exercise and are advocating for physical activity as a treatment for a variety of health conditions. If you are not getting enough exercise, talk to your doctor about how you can start incorporating more physical activity into your life.
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race or environmental condition2 There is clear scientific evidence proving the benefit of regular physical Activity on both the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes hypertension cancer particularly Three major themes were identified 1 the hospital visit represented an opportunity for behavior change that is not to be missed 2 surgeons were influential in promoting PA change contemplation and 3 patients welcomed a communication style that promoted autonomyThis is one part of growing initiatives like Exercise is Medicine that advocate for the role of exercise and encourage doctors to prescribe it Similarly the Prescription to Get Active program in Method PubMed Scopus Science Direct and Cochrane reviews were reviewed using the terms exercise prescription exercise prescribing family
practice general practice adults and physical Activity prescribing Results After screening by title abstract and full paper 23 studies were selected for inclusionPhysical Activity and exercise have significant positive effects in preventing or alleviating mental illness including depressive symptoms and anxiety or stressrelated disease In conclusion sports can be evolving if personal capacities social situation and biological and psychological maturation are taken into accountWork with the patient and make selfset targets with a target of 10000 steps per day being an achievable target longer term Timing Walking should take 30 mins per day if done when commuting to work He should aim to walk between 90120 mins per week Resistance workouts should take 30 mins at moderate intensity
Exercise is a powerful tool that can help you improve your health and well-being. Make it a part of your daily routine and reap the benefits.