Exercise is Medicine.
This is a fact. We may not think of it as such, but it is. Our bodies are made to move. And with appropriate “doses” of daily physical activity, we holistically function well. Since we’ve engineered the physical activity right out of lifestyles, it’s now time to consider daily exercise as the medicine we need to prevent and reverse lifestyle diseases.
So much research is taking place in the worlds of neuroscience, physiology, psychology, behavioral medicine, etc. to clearly define exactly how exercise boosts our mood, energy, immunity, libido, cognition….and lowers our stress and disease risk. The evidence is undeniable. People who exercise regularly are happier, healthier, and more productive than those who don’t. This is not new news.
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have partnered to promote the global campaign “Exercise is Medicine” (http://exerciseismedicine.org/) which entails doctors prescribing exercise, much like they prescribe pills or other medications. We all know, though, that many patients struggle to adhere to doctors advice. If a patient can’t take a pill on a regular basis, how can we expect that patient to exercise?
I heard Dr. Robert Sallis (founder of ‘Exercise is Medicine’ and ACSM past president) speak last year about this vision. He sees doctor’s offices including fitness and behavioral health specialists in order to effectively implement this practice.
What do you think about physicians and exercise specialists partnering together? Could it work?